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On March 3, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced legislation that would boost compensation for all public early childhood and K-12 teachers, including those in CTE. The legislation, titled the RAISE Act, would provide refundable federal income tax credits between $1,000 and $15,000 to eligible teachers... Continue reading
Last week in Washington was a busy week for both Congress and CTE. The focus was on negotiating and passing gun safety legislation, school nutrition program support, subcommittee appropriations bill markups, court security funding and additional January 6 committee hearings. Congress is set to be on recess this week in... Continue reading
On June 25, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law. The legislation contains several new education investments designed to support the mental health and wellbeing of students in addition to higher-profile gun safety provisions. The bill’s education-related funding includes: $1 billion for states through ESSA Title IV-A,... Continue reading
Last week in Washington, lawmakers focused on negotiations surrounding gun safety legislation, economic issues, holding additional January 6 committee hearings, approving pending nominations and marking up the first of several Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bills. Both chambers will be in town this week following the Juneteenth federal holiday, and... Continue reading
On June 14 and 15, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh testified before the House Education and Labor Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, respectively, to discuss the Department of Labor’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request for the Department of Labor. Both hearings included discussion of registered apprenticeship programs. Rep.... Continue reading
Last week in Washington, both chambers of Congress were in session and largely focused on negotiating gun safety legislation, security for Supreme Court justices and employees and hearings on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. However, several CTE-related items did see movement as well, including the confirmation of... Continue reading
After House passage of the America COMPETES Act in February, House and Senate leadership began the formal process of resolving differences between America COMPETES and the Senate’s version of the legislation, known as the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). The America COMPETES Act contains several provisions with implications for... Continue reading
Last week in Washington was another quiet week, as Congress wrapped up its Memorial Day recess. The Senate will return on June 6, with the House following on June 7. Conference committee negotiators are continuing to resolve differences between the House-passed America COMPETES Act and the Senate version of the... Continue reading
On May 25, the Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Early Childhood Development, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), hosted a webinar with the Department of Labor and the Department of Education to highlight approaches to utilizing registered apprenticeships to support the child care and early... Continue reading
Last week in Washington was quiet for CTE-related policy items. Congress focused on responding to the school tragedy in Texas, holding several hearings and confirming pending nominees. Congress is now in recess until the week of June 6 for the Memorial Day holiday. Conference committee negotiators are still working to... Continue reading
On May 23, the Department of Education held a virtual summit on mental health in higher education with a particular focus on supporting students with disabilities as they transition from school to careers. Jen Mishory, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) highlighted the... Continue reading
Last week in Washington, Congress focused on responding to several issues, including responding to a shortage of baby formula, negotiating and passing Ukraine supplemental aid, and considering potential additional COVID-19 relief aid. Congressional action on CTE-related items was limited to the House passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)... Continue reading
On May 20, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee held a field hearing in Michigan on the development of the electric vehicle workforce. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) highlighted the need for workforce training that can meet the demands of new investments in infrastructure, including electric vehicle manufacturing and related... Continue reading
On May 17, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) hosted a meeting featuring stakeholders focused on how to expand access to apprenticeships. Amy Kardel, senior vice president for strategic workforce relationships at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), discussed industry engagement in new and emerging sectors, where... Continue reading
On May 17, the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing with Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to discuss the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request for the Department of Labor. This hearing followed Education Secretary Cardona appearing before the... Continue reading
Each year, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) lead a “Dear Colleague” letter to be sent to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting robust funding for the Carl D. Perkins... Continue reading
Last week in Washington, both chambers of Congress were in session and several CTE-related items saw legislative action, including the America COMPETES Act/USICA, where the conference committee met for the first time, and a bill to support CTE program graduates in small businesses. Other subjects at the top of Congress’s... Continue reading
On May 12, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, which recognizes 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, arts and CTE. 20 outstanding CTE scholars were recognized this year. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects these scholars each year... Continue reading
Last week in Washington, the House was out of session, but Members of Congress were largely focused on abortion rights after the surprise leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion. In CTE-related news, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) led the reintroduction of the RAISE Act, a... Continue reading
On May 3, the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on supporting and developing the broadband workforce. Members of the subcommittee heard from broadband experts and stakeholders about the need to improve broadband access across the country.... Continue reading
On May 2, Members of Congress and Cabinet officials visited workforce development programs in Virginia to highlight the importance of investing in in-demand career training programs. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and CTE Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) visited Reynolds Community College and Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia,... Continue reading
Last week was the first week back in session for both chambers of Congress after a two-week recess. It was a busy week with Congress focused on holding its first round of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations hearings, aid to Ukraine, considering additional COVID-19 aid and restaurant relief aid, pending... Continue reading
On April 28, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration held a webinar to discuss youth access to apprenticeships in rural communities across the country, highlighting examples of successful partnerships in several regions. Vanessa Bennett, associate director of Jobs for the Future (JFF)’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning... Continue reading
On April 28, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee held its first hearing in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding cycle to examine the Department of Education’s FY 23 budget request, including testimony from Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.... Continue reading
On April 27, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing to discuss bolstering the surface transportation construction workforce. The committee heard from several witnesses about the challenges that they are facing in the wake of workforce shortages, skills gaps and supply... Continue reading