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On Monday, negotiators published final text and report language for two legislative packages that contain all 12 government funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Continue reading
Last week, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment held a hearing to examine the “policies and priorities of the Labor Department’s apprenticeship programs.” Continue reading
Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law, a second continuing resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills that extended funding through December 20, 2019. Continue reading
On October 31, The U.S. Department of Education (USED) published the 519-page final accreditation and state authorization distance education regulations, which were the product of a yearlong negotiated rulemaking process between USED and higher education stakeholders. Continue reading
Recent analysis conducted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) shows that current Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding levels for six of the largest Education Department programs are either at or below their inflation-adjusted FY 2011 levels. Continue reading
On Thursday, the Department of Education announced the recipients of the Innovation & Modernization (I&M) Grant, a new competitive grant program established under the “National Activities” section in Perkins V. Continue reading
On September 18, Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Kendra Horn (D-OK), and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) introduced H.R. 4371, the Strengthen CTE in Higher Education Act. Continue reading
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted on, and passed along party lines, the 302(b) allocations for each of the twelve appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Continue reading
Legislative Alert to Ask Your Senators to Support an Increase in Perkins CTE Funding in FY20! Continue reading
In August, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution that designates September 2019 as “National Workforce Development Month.” The resolution, introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Todd Young (R-IN), recognizes the growing skills gap and supports the promotion of federal workforce development investments to ensure our economic competitiveness in the 21st century economy. Continue reading
On Monday evening, President Trump and congressional leaders announced that they had reached an agreement on a budget deal that would raise the spending caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending for the next two fiscal years (FY20 and FY21). Continue reading
Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the proposal of a new rule aimed to “address America's skills gap and expand the apprenticeship model to new industries.” Continue reading
On July 1, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced its final regulation to officially rescind the 2014 Gainful Employment (GE) Rule beginning on July 1, 2020. Continue reading
Last Tuesday, the Senate CTE Caucus, in conjunction with the Afterschool Alliance, hosted a briefing titled: “Making the Most of Middle School Career Exploration in CTE.” Continue reading
On June 19, the House Education and Labor Committee held its fifth bipartisan hearing of this Congress on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Continue reading
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020, by a party-line vote of 226-203. Continue reading
On May 22, the House Committee on Education and Labor’s subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment held a hearing on the critical role community colleges and minority-serving institutions play in preparing students for success. Continue reading
On Tuesday, the Senate CTE Caucus, in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland, hosted a briefing discussing the recent initiatives and developments in the United States related to Swiss-inspired apprenticeships models. Continue reading
On May 20, Secretary DeVos unveiled that the focus of the first higher education experimental sites initiative of her tenure would be expanding the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program in an effort to promote better aligned job opportunities for students within their programs of study. Continue reading
During the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee mark up last week, legislation aimed at expanding STEM opportunities was reported favorably out of committee and is poised to be considered on the Senate floor. Continue reading
A group of bipartisan members in the House and Senate have introduced identical legislation to address workforce shortages within the cybersecurity field Continue reading
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 by a vote of 30 to 23. Continue reading
The Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $29 million in grant funding for their Education and Workforce Program (EWP), which includes the Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy and Agricultural Workforce Training Grants. Continue reading
On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee released the text for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020’s Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill ahead of the subcommittee mark-up, reportedly showing an increase in funds for the Perkins Basic State Grant program for Fiscal Year 2020. Continue reading
Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave remarks to a crowd of students, their families and future employers at the first ever “Manufacturing Recognition and Signing Day Celebration” at Butler Tech in Ohio. Continue reading