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Hannah Neeper
I am the Policy Research Analyst at ACTE.
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The annual congressionally mandated report The Condition of Education 2020 was released by the National Center for Education Statistics on May 19. Within the report, researchers present 47 data indicators such as enrollment levels, academic progress, educational attainment, financial status and others to illustrate new developments and trends in education.... Continue reading
The House returned to session on Friday, and activity is picking up on the Hill. You can read more about the House vote on their next coronavirus relief package here. Catch up on the other happenings from the Hill and Administration below! Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award Winners: The Department of... Continue reading
CTE programs in community colleges are striving to achieve equity goals and reduce equity gaps, finds MDRC in their report Voices from the Field: How Community Colleges Are Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education. In 2019, MDRC did a scan of 17 CTE programs in community colleges and interviewed... Continue reading
The Senate is back in session which means the DC Digest is back from its brief hiatus! We will try and catch you up on the happenings in Congress, as well as other news, as policymakers resume work on the Hill. Here are the latest updates on federal policy activities:... Continue reading
Podcasts! Several new podcast series have emerged this Spring that are relevant for CTE advocates. Topics for these podcasts range from the impact of the coronavirus crisis on education to advocacy efforts for workforce development. Here are three new podcast series that have recently been created that might prove beneficial:... Continue reading
On April 24, the US Department of Education announced it was expanding the Second Chance Pell Experiment to 67 new institutions. The Second Chance Pell program was created in 2015 to allow incarcerated individuals access to postsecondary credits and job skills with the goal to reduce recidivism rates. The Pell... Continue reading
High School students who were enrolled in three or more CTE credits have lower unemployment rates and more access to health insurance and retirement benefits than students who took less than three CTE credits, reports the Institute for Education Science in Labor Market Outcomes for High School Career and Technical... Continue reading
The Department of Labor has announced $42.5 million for Youth Apprenticeship Readiness Grants. The grants are intended to support 16-24 year-olds, both in and out of school, entering into Registered Apprenticeship Programs. These grants will fund 15 to 25 programs, and the funds can be used for new or existing... Continue reading
While most of the attention in education policy and research of late has been related to the COVID-19 response, there have been a few new CTE-related publications recently and we are catching up on some of the research that has been published. These publications cover topics ranging from reducing recidivism... Continue reading
Most of the activity in Washington is focused on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find all the latest information about actions by Congress or the Administration on ACTE’s blog in COVID-19 Resources, Laws, Updates for CTE Programs. Understandably, with this the primary focus, there are only a... Continue reading
Many educators have concerns regarding support for students with disabilities in light of COVID-19 school closures and the transition to remote learning. On March 21, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released new supplemental guidance to help address some of these issues. This builds on the initial questions and answers... Continue reading
We at ACTE hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. We will continue to bring you news from the federal government on COVID-19. For the most recent updates on federal policy activities related to COVID-19, please visit this blog post, which is being updated on... Continue reading
Most of the news from the federal government is understandably focused on the Coronavirus, so this Digest (and likely others for the next several weeks) largely concentrates on news and guidance coming from the administration and the Education Department. We will certainly still report on other news concerning federal education... Continue reading
It’s March and we’ve hit the ground running this month in the federal education policy realm. The coronavirus is on many people’s minds and on Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) asked top health officials about what school leaders and families should know. Here is... Continue reading
As CTE Month wraps up, we hope that you were able to celebrate and advocate for CTE in your community and state. Take a look at how CTE Month has been celebrated around the country! Switching to the news this week, the Department of Education was very active in the... Continue reading
CTE month is still in full swing and we hope that you are spending this time reflecting on the importance of CTE and encouraging others to expand CTE in schools and in your local communities, regions and states! The biggest education policy news last week was the release of the... Continue reading
It was a lively week for federal education policy on the Hill this week and a great way to start CTE month! Make sure you stay up to date on all the ways you can celebrate CTE this month in your local community or state. Now on to the news:... Continue reading
The beginning of February kicks-off CTE month! All throughout the month will be a celebration of what CTE has accomplished and the value that CTE has around the country. Also, with the House back in session and the impeachment trial wrapping up, there could be more focus on education policy... Continue reading
Future earnings for certificates and some associate degree programs are closely linked to the field of study, reports Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce researchers in their latest study, “The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees: What Students Need to Know Before They Go to College.” Researchers... Continue reading
On the federal and state levels, 2019 was an important year for CTE. States have been creating their four-year state CTE plans for the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), responding to increased emphasis in the law on ensuring quality CTE opportunities and... Continue reading
Last week was fairly quiet on the Hill regarding federal education policy updates because of the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate and the fact that the House was in recess. Though little movement happened from the Hill, ACTE was still active this week: ACTE Signed House Infrastructure Letter: ACTE... Continue reading
Despite the fact that much of Congress’ attention was focused on preparation for the impeachment trial, several new developments regarding education occurred in the third week of the new year. Read more below to find out more! House Disapproves of Borrower Defense Rule: The House passed a resolution to revoke... Continue reading
The second week into 2020 has been relatively quiet for federal education policy, despite the House and Senate coming back in session. However there have been some CTE-related activities and news that have kick-started the new year. 2020 National Career Development Summit: On January 8, the National Career Development Summit... Continue reading
Happy New Year! While we hope you were able to unplug and relax over the holiday break and to ring in the New Year, on the CTE policy front, things remained busy. Several Bills Signed into Law: Among a number of bills signed into law in the final days of... Continue reading
Recent publications describe various CTE topics ranging from new data on postsecondary student outcomes to research on veterans without degrees. Competency Model Resources for Career Pathways: To ensure the creation of meaningful career pathways aligning with industry and market demands, the U.S, Department of Labor created three new resources as... Continue reading