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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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On July 1, 2019, changes made to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act by the reauthorization bill passed last summer, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, officially went into effect. Continue reading
On May 21, Secretary DeVos announced that improvements have been made to the College Scorecard, the Department of Education’s consumer-facing postsecondary outcome research tool. Continue reading
On March 21, President Trump signed a new executive order titled, “Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities.” Continue reading
As Congress wrapped up work before adjourning for its March recess, several Higher Education Act-related bills that reflect CTE priorities were reintroduced. First, on March 14, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and a number of other senators reintroduced the College Transparency Act... Continue reading
In his FY 2020 budget proposal to Congress, the President suggested level funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant, but severe cuts to many other programs that benefit CTE educators and students. Continue reading
Every state will receive a Perkins funding increase next year! Continue reading
The 116th Congress officially convenes today, with new members being sworn in and official leadership elections. We’ve covered new members and leaders extensively on the blog over the past two months, and will continue to highlight them as the new Congress kicks off! Of particular importance to CTE advocacy work... Continue reading
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In mid-December, the Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education hosted a “Rethink CTE Summit” to bring together CTE stakeholders, including approximately 125 leaders from education, business, philanthropy and related associations. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) has released its first official guidance related to the implementation of Perkins V—its draft “Guide for the Submission of State Plans.” Continue reading
Advance CTE, in partnership with the Association for Career and Technical Education, American Association of Community Colleges and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, is hosting a series of four regional meetings to help state leaders best leverage the newly reauthorized Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st... Continue reading
ACTE is assembling more resources to help you move toward implementation and ensure you are ready to meet all the requirements of the new Act. Continue reading
A summary of the Senate Perkins reauthorization bill is now available! Released jointly by ACTE and Advance CTE, this document outlines all the changes included in the Senate bill, section-by-section. It also includes highlights from the legislative process. While this summary considers the Senate text in comparison to current law,... Continue reading
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved a Perkins reauthorization bill by voice vote, and ACTE will continue working with the committee to improve it. The Committee also approved Scott Stump's nomination to be OCTAE Assistant Secretary. Continue reading
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee could soon consider reauthorization of the Perkins Act and the nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Continue reading
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has announced it will hold an Executive Session to consider legislation and nominations on Wednesday, June 20, including the reauthorization of the Perkins Act and the nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary of OCTAE. Continue reading
ast week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos left on a 10-day tour of Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, to include school visits, meetings with education stakeholders and the delivery of the keynote address at the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training. Continue reading
Earlier today, President Trump nominated Scott Stump as the next Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. This position has not been formally filled since the beginning of the Trump Administration, and the first nominee, Michigan State Representative Tim Kelly,... Continue reading
Congress returned from recess this week to a full agenda, but with little certainty as to which pieces of legislation would rise to the top of its priority list. Continue reading
Building on themes raised in the President’s FY 19 budget request, Department of Education leaders recently announced plans to restructure the agency and eliminate the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Continue reading
Over the past year, the Administration has repeatedly expressed interest in addressing the country’s infrastructure needs. Earlier today, a full proposal to accomplish the Administration’s goals was finally released. Continue reading
We are excited to announce the launch of ACTE’s High-Quality CTE Program of Study Framework pilot test! Volunteers are needed to help us examine the validity and utility of the Framework when used in program self-evaluation. Who can participate? Continue reading
Just before the previous Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY 2018 funding would have expired on December 8, Congress cleared a two-week extension of government funding. Continue reading
Now that both the House and Senate have passed tax reform bills, Members of Congress from both chambers and both parties will go to conference to reconcile differences in the two bills. Continue reading
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department’s draft priorities for competitive grants to be awarded in future years. Continue reading
After reviewing applications received this summer, OCTAE recently announced the five winners of the grant competition, who will receive a total of $4,046,951. Continue reading