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Alisha Hyslop
Alexandria, VA
Alisha Hyslop has spent over 15 years working with career and technical education and is currently the Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education. At ACTE, Alisha leads the organizations’ legislative, advocacy and research efforts that cover both secondary and postsecondary policy issues, and is particularly involved in efforts related to the Perkins Act. Previously she worked with the Florida House of Representatives and with career and technical student organizations on a local, state and national level. Alisha received her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Florida State University, and her Master’s in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Career and Workforce Education at the University of South Florida.
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In late May, the National Center for Education Research within the national Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released a funding announcement for Fiscal Year 2025 research grant competitions. Education Research Grants through IES are designed to “expand the understanding of what works for whom, in what context, and why to... Continue reading
Over the last year, Advance CTE, the organization representing CTE state leaders, has been working on a process to modernize their National Career Clusters® Framework. After a year of input, research and development, and testing with business and industry leaders and CTE professionals, a draft modernized National Career Clusters® Framework... Continue reading
In late 2022, Advance CTE, who holds the registered trademark for the current 16 national Career Clusters®, embarked on an extensive initiative to update and revise the National Career Clusters Framework to reflect the modern workforce. As the revision process progresses, Advance CTE recently announced that they will be hosting... Continue reading
On Dec. 12, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to approve S. 3392, the Advancing Research in Education Act. This bill amends the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), last updated by Congress in 2002. ESRA is the law that authorizes the federal government to collect information... Continue reading
Our partners at Advance CTE are requesting your help to complete the National Career Clusters Framework National Implementation Survey. The National Career Clusters® Framework is undergoing a modernization effort to ensure it remains responsive and relevant to the work and learner needs for decades to come. An updated framework will... Continue reading
Be on the lookout THIS WEEK for surveys related to the National Evaluation of CTE under Perkins V (NECTEP), a major research project authorized under the National Program section of the Perkins Act! Surveys will be distributed the week of August 28 by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), on... Continue reading
Earlier this week, nominations were opened for a set of 15 national advisory groups that will help to provide input into potential changes to the National Career Clusters Framework. See the message below from Advance CTE for more information and instructions on how to apply: When Advance CTE began the... Continue reading
On May 10, the U.S. Department of Education announced its 2023 class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, including 20 CTE students. The Presidential Scholars program is designed to recognize top-performing high school seniors across the country, and was expanded in 2015 to include an “at-large” category for students who “demonstrate ability... Continue reading
Congress remained on recess this week so things in Washington were relatively quiet. However, there was a fair amount of conversation about the debt limit, with Republicans congressional leaders floating several ideas as part of ongoing negotiations. Several of those ideas could prove detrimental to education and workforce development funding,... Continue reading
Congress was on recess this week for the Easter and Passover holidays and will not return until April 17. That made it a relatively quiet week on Capitol Hill, but there was still a variety of activity within the Administration related to CTE. Here is a wrap-up of various news... Continue reading
On January 24, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced a new Education Department initiative called “Raise the Bar: Lead the World” in a what was called a “major address” at the Department’s headquarters. Continue reading
Last week in Washington, lawmakers departed for the annual August congressional recess, but the House briefly returned on Friday, August 12, to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains primarily health care and climate change provisions. After House passage of the bill, both chambers will remain in recess until after... Continue reading
On June 8, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Amy Loyd as Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Continue reading
Last week was a quiet week around Washington, as Congress took the first week of their two-week recess for Easter and Passover. Many lawmakers are attending events in their states and districts during this recess period, in addition to overseas congressional delegation (CODEL) trips as a part of the response... Continue reading
On April 14, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor released their inaugural equity action plans, which are designed to support marginalized, vulnerable and underserved communities. Continue reading
At our recent National Policy Seminar, ACTE was pleased to recognize two policymakers who are retiring this year that have had a tremendous impact on CTE during their time in office—Rep. Jim Langevin and Sen. Rob Portman. Both were honored with Special Lifetime Achievement Awards for their policy work in... Continue reading
On March 31, Democratic House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Higher Education Workforce Investment Subcommittee Chair Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced a new bill to reauthorize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The bill, H.R. 7309, is titled the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022.... Continue reading
Update 2/25: Please read about Advance CTE's decision to suspend their update to the National Career Clusters Framework on their website at Update 2/23: Comments on this blog post are closed so that ACTE can compile member input to share with Advance CTE. To share your feedback going forward,... Continue reading
On June 29, the Federal Communications Commission opened the application window for the recently authorized Emergency Connectivity Fund, which provides over $7 billion to help schools and libraries provide internet access and devices to students. Continue reading
Late last week, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced an amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, S. 1260, that would expand Pell Grants to short-term CTE programs. Continue reading
On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education announced the students who will be recognized at the national level as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars, including 20 students named as Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education! Continue reading
On May 11, the federal Department of Education released approximately $36 billion in funding for higher education that had been provided through the American Rescue Plan Act. Continue reading
Over the past year, the federal government has provided more than $280 billion for K-12 schools and postsecondary institutions to help combat challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — an unprecedented investment into the country's education system. While different districts and postsecondary institutions will receive varying amounts of money —... Continue reading
On April 9, the U.S. Department of Education announced another group of political appointees to leadership roles within the agency, including Dr. Amy Loyd as the deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives within OCTAE. Continue reading
The Department of Education has made several recent announcements about the distribution and use of COVID-19 relief funds for K-12 and postsecondary education. Continue reading