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On March 9, the Biden-Harris Administration released its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2024, which will serve as an initial starting point for congressional negotiations around federal funding. The budget proposes a $43 million increase to the Perkins Basic State Grant, representing a 3% increase over the current FY... Continue reading
On February 8, the newly renamed House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing focused on U.S. education reform. Dr. Monty Sullivan of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, a key witness in the hearing, provided testimony focused on the need for more opportunity in postsecondary CTE, including... Continue reading
Prior to the end of the 117th Congress, language similar to the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act was passed via the Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act of 2022, H.R. 7939, and signed into law on January 5. The new law will require states and territories to recognize professional licenses,... Continue reading
After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was finally elected Speaker of the House early Saturday morning, the new Republican majority in the House turned to other organizing activities necessary for the 118th Congress. First, Republicans approved a rules package that will govern the House of Representatives this Congress. These rules included... Continue reading
On December 20, congressional leaders announced that a bipartisan, bicameral deal had been reached on fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding and released the corresponding appropriations omnibus package. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies portion was given a 7.1% overall increase from FY 2022, including a $50M... Continue reading
When the 117th Congress comes to a close, Congressional CTE Caucus co-chairs Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) will depart from their offices one final time to begin their well-earned retirement. The two public servants have dedicated large parts of their career to advancing the needs of... Continue reading
On December 16, Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) announced that Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) will become the new co-chair of the bipartisan House CTE Caucus! She will be taking the place of Rep. Langevin, who is retiring after 22 years in Congress, 11 of which he... Continue reading
This year, amid growing concern over teacher shortages across the country, Congress increased its focus on the educator pipeline through hearings and legislation. However, with personnel changes in the House and Senate and new education committee leaders, the 118th Congress will offer a different political dynamic that will impact how... Continue reading
During the past year, the JOBS Act – a bipartisan bill to expand the Pell grant to cover high-quality, shorter-term workforce training programs – expanded its coalition of congressional supporters, inching closer toward potentially becoming law. The bill now has a striking 52 bipartisan co-sponsors in the Senate, and in... Continue reading
Last week, Republicans were declared winners in enough midterm races to reach 218 seats in the House of Representatives, the minimum number needed to flip the chamberto their control in the 118th Congress. As of November 21, there are just five races left to call, with four of the five... Continue reading
Over the weekend, Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) was declared the winner of her re-election bid by a very narrow margin, solidifying Democratic control over the Senate for the next two years. In additional to holding onto all their incumbencies, Democrats picked up one Senate seat with Senator-Elect John Fetterman’s victory... Continue reading
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day! Voters all across the country will head to the polls. At the federal level, control of the House and Senate will be decided. The results of this election have implications when it comes to committee chairs, committee compositions, the legislative agenda and more.... Continue reading
The 118th Congress will have its work cut out for it next year, with several major reauthorizations overdue or on the horizon. Three of these reauthorizations fall under the purview of the education committees: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), National Apprenticeship Act (NAA), and the Higher Education Act... Continue reading
The Perkins Basic State Grant program, the only dedicated federal funding for CTE, has received modest yet consistent increases since fiscal year (FY) 2018. However, as a result of chronic underinvestment and inflation, the Basic State Grant still remains over $400M below its FY 2004 funding level. The most recent... Continue reading
On November 8, voters will take to the polls to determine the new look of the next Congress by casting their votes for 34 Senate and all 435 House seats. Currently, Democrats hold a slim majority in both the House and Senate, making this election highly consequential in terms of... Continue reading
Voters will head to the polls this November 8 to determine the new makeup of the 118th Congress and state governments, and to weigh in on ballot initiatives. At the federal level, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats will be on the ballot, while... Continue reading
In an August 31 fact sheet, the White House announced its strategy to help K-12 schools address staffing shortages in teaching and other critical school professionals. The Administration plans to work with the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and state and local education and workforce leaders to better highlight open positions... Continue reading
There was a flurry of activity as Congress prepared to adjourn for it the annual August congressional recess. On August 7, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a landmark piece of legislation focused on health care, the environment and tax policy. After a deal was struck between Majority Leader... Continue reading
On August 9, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS Act) into law, allocating $280 billion in funding and tax incentives to boost domestic production and innovation in the semiconductor industry and broader science and technology-related industries. This bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of... Continue reading
On July 28, the Senate Committee on Appropriations released its first drafts of its fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations proposals, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. Although the bill gives a more modest increase to education funding overall than the House bill and the... Continue reading
On Wednesday, June 22, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released the first draft of its fiscal year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. While a full, detailed funding table has... Continue reading
On June 7, Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona gave testimony to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education regarding the fiscal year (FY) 2023 education budget request. In the hearing, Sen. Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Baldwin (D-WI) both inquired about the Department’s plans for CTE,... Continue reading
On May 18, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by a vote of 220-196, with just four Republicans joining the Democrats in favor of the bill. If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden, it would replace... Continue reading
On May 12, the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development held a hearing on the innovation and workforce needs of the aviation and aerospace industries. Continue reading
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 (including CTE) teachers. This bill, titled the RAISE Act, would provide every eligible teacher with an annual refundable tax credit between $1,000 and $15,000. The... Continue reading