U.S. Department of Labor Releases Notice on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships

August 7th, 2018

There’s news this week from the Administration, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor and Congress related to Career Technical Education (CTE). Read below to find out more about these updates and where to find recently released resources from Advance CTE.

Administration Releases Priorities for Research and Development 

On July 31, Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies on the Administration’s Research and Development Budget Priorities for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020). The memorandum notes that it “provides guidance to agencies as they formulate their FY2020 budget submissions.” It includes eight research and development priority areas and five priority practices, one of which is “Educating and Training a Workforce for the 21st Century Economy.”

U.S. Department of Labor Posts Notice on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

As we reported, the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion (which was called for by President Trump’s June 2017 Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America) wrapped up its work and submitted its final report in May, which included recommendations around industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. On July 27, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a Training and Employment Notice that includes a framework for industry-recognized apprenticeship programs. The notice describes such programs and notes that they must be “certified as a high-quality program by a third-party certifier that has received a favorable determination from DOL.” The notice includes high-level descriptions of the “policies and procedures that certifiers will be expected to have in place to establish standards, establish certification intervals determined by those industries, evaluate and certify programs focused on outcomes and process, report results, and maintain records.”

U.S. Department of Education Intends to Create Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Regulations for Federal Student Aid

On July 30, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) announced its plans for establishing regulations for Federal Student Aid programs (which are authorized through Title IV of the Higher Education Act). The Federal Register Notice outlines USED’s intent to create a negotiated rulemaking committee to craft such regulations and that this committee would be divided into two subcommittees: one on “direct assessment programs/competency-based education” and another on: “the eligibility of faith-based entities to participate in the title IV, HEA programs.” The topics on which these committees could create regulations includes, accreditation of postsecondary institutions, definitions for job placement rates and credit hours, distance education requirements, Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants and more. The notice also announced that USED will collect suggestions for other topics on which the negotiated rulemaking committee could take action through written comments and three public hearings.

Senator Kaine (D-VA) Introduces Legislation to Address Teacher Shortages 

On July 31, Senator Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Act (S. 3308) to help address teacher shortages facing the country. The bill would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) and the press release for the bill notes that it would:
  • “Expand the definition of “high need” districts under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to include those experiencing teacher shortages in rural communities and in areas such as special education, English language, science, technology, engineering, math, and CTE, to allow for access to additional support and improvement;
  • Encourage school districts to create partnerships, including Grow Your Own programs, with local community colleges and universities to ensure their programs are educating future teachers in areas where there is a shortage of educators;
  • Increase access to teacher and school leader residency programs and preparation training;
  • Require states to identify areas of teacher or school leader shortages by subject across public schools and use that data to target their efforts;
  • Increase support for teacher preparation programs at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to support a diverse and well-prepared educator workforce.”

You can find the text of the PREP Act and a section-by-section summary online. Advance CTE is proud to support this bill.

In Case You Missed It: Perkins V Resources from Advance CTE

Looking for resources related to the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) that was signed into law last week? Check out  Advance CTE’s Perkins webpage for a summary and analysis of the new law and more.

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy 

Legislative Update: Perkins Reauthorization Signed into Law

July 31st, 2018

Today, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins).

As we reported, the House and Senate voted to pass this bill last week. President Trump will travel to Tampa Bay Technical High School this evening to provide remarks about the bill and host a roundtable on workforce development. Watch it live at 6:10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Advance CTE and ACTE released a joint press statement after the President signed H.R. 2353 into law. Check out additional resources on our webpage. To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that impacts Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

Katie Fitzgerald, Communications Manager

Perkins Reauthorization Bill Heads to President’s Desk

July 25th, 2018

With one day before the House goes into recess, Members of Congress were busy this week passing and introducing legislation! Read below for a Perkins reauthorization update and news about a proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). To make sure you get the latest news and resources about federal policy that impacts Career Technical Education (CTE), sign up for our Legislative Updates!

Perkins Reauthorization Heads to the President’s Desk

Today, the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2353, as amended by the Senate, on an unanimous voice vote. This is the bill that will reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). A total of 16 Members of Congress from both parties spoke in favor of the bill, many noting the importance of Career Technical Education (CTE) in helping to close the skills gap and the significant role CTE plays for employers in their districts.

Advance CTE and ACTE released a joint press statement on the bill’s passage. We anticipate that the President will sign the bill into law in the near future. Advance CTE and ACTE will be updating the summary and analysis of the bill to reflect changes that have been made to the bill between the Senate markup of the bill on June 26 and the bill’s passage. Find all of Advance CTE’s Perkins resources on our website.

House Democrats Release Details on the Aim Higher Act to Reauthorize HEA

On July 24, the 17 Democrats on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released details on the the Aim Higher Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). The summary, fact sheet, and additional materials from Committee Democrats can be found here. According to the summary, the bill:
  • “Makes college more affordable today – by investing in federal student aid –  and helps states make public college tuition more affordable in the future – by incentivizing states to reinvest in higher education,
  • Cracks down on predatory for-profit institutions that target students and veterans with expensive, low-quality programs,
  • Protects and expands the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which is eliminated in the GOP PROSPER Act, and makes student loans simpler and easier to repay,
  • Provides students the tools they need to graduate on time with a quality degree,
  • Invests in teachers and strengthens training for teachers and school leaders to improve the quality of our schools.”
This proposal comes as a response to the H.R. 4508, the PROSPER Act, which was the Republican HEA reauthorization proposal that passed out of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on a party-line vote on December 12, 2017, as we reported. Advance CTE will provide additional analysis as soon as possible and you can find resources and Advance CTE’s recommendations for the reauthorization of HEA on our website.
Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy 

Senate Passes Perkins Reauthorization

July 24th, 2018

On Monday, July 23, 2018 on a voice vote, the Senate approved a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) by taking up H.R. 2353, the House-passed Perkins reauthorization bill and then adopting a substitute amendment offered by Senator Alexander (R-TN). The substitute amendment contains the text of S. 3217, which was the Senate’s bill to reauthorize Perkins. As we reported, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee had marked up the Senate bill to reauthorize Perkins on June 26. Since that time, Advance CTE and ACTE have worked closely with congressional staff to improve the bill and clarify key provisions. Advance CTE and ACTE released a joint press statement on the bill’s passage and also sent a letter to the Senate that outlined our thoughts on the bill.

Now, H.R. 2353, as amended by S. 3217 will head to the House floor for a vote. We anticipate that this vote will occur before the House goes into recess on July 26 and that the President will sign it into law shortly thereafter. Advance CTE and ACTE will be updating the summary and analysis of the bill to reflect changes that have been made to the bill between the markup on June 26 and the bill’s passage. Sign up for our Legislative Updates to ensure you receive the most up-to-date information and resources on Perkins reauthorization.

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy

House Appropriations Committee Passes FY19 Funding Bill, Senate Perkins Bill Summary Available

July 16th, 2018

Congress returned from recess last week and is back to work on the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). Read below to find out more about the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY19 spending bill and a new resource from Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

House Appropriations Committee Passes FY19 Funding Bill that Includes Key Education Programs 

On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee marked up and voted to pass the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY19 appropriations bill. The bill largely retained the funding levels for education and workforce programs included in the bill that was passed by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and added $73 million for four education programs. As we reported, that bill included a $102 million increase for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) Basic State Grant Program, a $13 million increase for National Activities under Perkins and increases for a couple of other key programs as well. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed their Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies FY19 Appropriations bill on June 28. This bill included level funding for Perkins at the amount provided in FY18. The FY19 appropriations process is still underway and differences between the two bills will need to be resolved to determine final allocations for Perkins for FY19.

Advance CTE and ACTE Release Summary and Analysis of Senate Perkins Reauthorization Bill

In Case You Missed It: Advance CTE and ACTE released an updated summary and analysis of the Senate Perkins Reauthorization bill last week, which outlines the changes that the Senate bill makes to current law. As we reported, this bill was marked up and passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on June 26. Looking for more information and resources on Perkins? Check out Advance CTE’s Perkins webpage.

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy

Perkins Reauthorization Update and FY19 Appropriations Process Continues

June 26th, 2018

Career Technical Education (CTE) was in the spotlight this week. Read below for an update on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) and on the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) appropriations process.

Senate Committee Marks Up Perkins, Favorably Reports Nomination of Scott Stump for Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education 

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing to mark up the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize Perkins. The four Senators who were lead negotiators on the bipartisan bill, Senators Alexander (R-TN), Murray (D-WA), Enzi (R-WY) and Casey (D-PA) all spoke favorably of the bill, noting the importance of CTE in their states. Senators Bennet (D-CO), Young (R-IN), Smith (D-MN), Murkowski (R-AK), Baldwin (D-WI) and Kaine (D-VA) also spoke about the bill, noting provisions they saw as particularly important. Amendments to the bill were not offered and the bill passed out of committee on a unanimous voice vote. You can find the joint Advance CTE-ACTE statement on the mark up here. Advance CTE and ACTE will provide a summary and analysis of the bill as soon as possible. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its Perkins reauthorization bill, H.R. 2353, on June 22, 2017 on a voice vote without any objections (you can find the joint Advance CTE-ACTE statement on H.R. 2353 here and you can find all of Advance CTE’s Perkins resources on our website).

During the same hearing today, the Committee also considered the nomination of Scott Stump to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education (you can find our statement of support for Scott Stump’s nomination here). Also on a unanimous voice vote, the Committee agreed to favorably report his nomination.

House Appropriations Subcommittee Proposes $115 Million Increase for the Federal Investment in CTE, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Proposes Level Funding 

Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies marked up its FY19 spending bill. This bill proposes a $102 million increase (above the level Congress provided in FY18) for the Perkins Basic State Grants for FY19 and an additional $13 million for National Programs. During the markup, the Subcommittee’s Chairman, Representative Cole (R-OK) noted in his opening statement that, “For the first time in many years, we’ve increased funding for Career and Technical Education programs by $115 million in response to Member interest.” The bill also proposed increases for some other key programs like Student Support and Academic Enrichment state grants authorized under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and apprenticeship opportunities. The bill proposed maintaining FY18 funding levels for Title II of ESSA, state formula grants provided through Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Adult Education State Grants. The Full Appropriations Committee markup of the bill has been postponed.

Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies marked up their Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) spending bill. The bill proposed maintaining the FY18 funding level for the Perkins Basic State Grants and proposed increases for Support and Academic Enrichment state grants authorized under Title IV-A of ESSA, Adult Education State Grants and apprenticeship opportunities. Advance CTE will provide additional details on the bill as they become available. The bill is scheduled to be marked up by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on June 28. The FY19 Appropriations process is in the early stages and differences between FY19 spending bills in the House and Senate will be reconciled as the process moves forward.

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy 

Legislative Update: Perkins Markup Tuesday

June 26th, 2018

Today, Tuesday June 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Senate will mark up the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). The livestream is available online here. Follow our coverage of markup on Twitter @CTEWorks.  

Yesterday, we released a joint statement with the Association for Career and Technical Education. Read the full statement here.

Following markup, we will have an updated summary and analysis of the bill to share.  Sign up for our Legislative Updates to ensure you receive this timely information.  

Nicole Howard, Communications Associate

Secretary DeVos Testifies at Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing, New Advance CTE Resource

June 8th, 2018

Congress is back in session this week and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies started off the week with a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Budget for the U.S. Department of Education. Read below to find out more about hearing, Advance CTE’s advocacy on the federal investment in Career Technical Education (CTE), remarks Secretary DeVos gave this week and a new fact sheet on the role of a State CTE Director.

Secretary DeVos Testifies Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee 

On June 5, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing ,”Review of the FY2019 Budget Request for the Department of Education,” during which U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified. Members’ questions and comments focused on the level of investment for many federal grant programs and they discussed a number of topics including school safety, accountability, school choice and more. Several members asked about topics related to CTE, including how the Department’s FY19 Budget addresses the skills gap, supports apprenticeship and the need to expand eligibility for Pell Grants to short-term programs. Senator Baldwin (D-WI), co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, asked Secretary DeVos about the President’s FY19 Budget Request including flat-funding (at the level Congress provided for FY17) for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). When Secretary DeVos emphasized that level-funding for programs means they are a “top priority” for the Administration, Senator Baldwin (D-WI) noted that this was “disappointing.”

Advance CTE Participates in Committee for Education Funding Advocacy Event

On June 5, the Committee for Education Funding hosted an event for Congressional staff to learn about and discuss the federal investment in the full continuum of education programs. Advance CTE participated in the event and shared resources on the need to increase the federal investment in Perkins with attendees. Looking for resources to share about the federal investment in CTE? Check them out on our website.

Secretary DeVos Speaks at International Congress on Vocational & Professional Training

On June 7, Secretary DeVos provided remarks at the International Congress on Vocational & Professional Training in Zurich, Switzerland. Secretary DeVos discussed the connection between education and the economy and the need to adapt over time, apprenticeships and more. She noted that, “students must be prepared to anticipate and adapt. They need to acquire and master broadly transferrable and versatile educational competencies like critical thinking. Collaboration. Communication. Creativity. Cultural intelligence.” You can find Secretary DeVos’ prepared remarks here.

New Resource: Getting to Know the State CTE Director Role

Advance CTE released a new fact sheet that highlights the responsibilities of the State CTE Director, what factors might impact this role and how this can promote cross-system collaboration.

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy 

Secretary DeVos Testifies in House Hearing, OCTAE Announces New Grant

May 25th, 2018

Career Technical Education (CTE) has been getting a lot of attention in Washington, D.C., with news about CTE from Congress, the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the Department of Education and the Administration. Read below to learn more about these items and check out a new video from Advance CTE.

Secretary DeVos Testifies Before House Committee on Education and the Workforce

On May 22, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing, “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education,” during which U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testified. Members’ questions and comments focused on a variety of topics including school safety, accountability, school choice and more. Several members discussed CTE and asked Secretary DeVos about the need to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Secretary DeVos emphasized the need for the Senate to take up reauthorization quickly and to keep the law flexible.

OCTAE Announces New Grant Focused on STEM Apprenticeship 

On May 18, a notice in the Federal Register announced a new grant program to be administered by OCTAE, “Pathways to STEM Apprenticeships for High School CTE Students.” The notice notes that the grants “will fund State-level efforts that support local or regional approaches to establishing Apprenticeship programs for high school CTE Students or that support efforts to implement or expand coordinated Apprenticeship programming for high school CTE Students.” OCTAE expects to award approximately five three-year grants ranging from $500,000-$750,000 each. Find more information about the grants, including a webinar for prospective applicants and deadlines for submissions on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network website.

In Case You Missed It: President Trump Nominates Scott Stump for Assistant Secretary for OCTAE 

On May, 14, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Scott Stump to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Stump boasts a long and distinguished career in education. He served as a national CTE leader, serving as President on the Advance CTE Board of Directors in 2014-15. Advance CTE is proud to fully endorse his nomination.

Advance CTE Releases New Video 

Advance CTE just released a new video that provides an overview of how CTE prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country. Use this video to help you make the case for CTE and demonstrate the benefits of today’s CTE!

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate for Federal Policy 

Presidential Scholars Named, Hearing on the Skills Gap, Apprenticeship Task Force Completes Report

May 11th, 2018

Career Technical Education (CTE) was in the spotlight this week with the announcement of the 2018 Presidential Scholars and a congressional hearing on closing the skills gap. Read below to learn more about these items and an update on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

2018 CTE Presidential Scholars Announced

On May 8, 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars were named by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. This includes 20 students who are U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE. On June 24these students will be recognized at a ceremony, during which they will receive their Presidential Scholar Medallions. Check out this blog post to learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Closing the Skills Gap

On May 9, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing, “Closing the Skills Gap: Private sector solutions for America’s workforce.” The witnesses who provided testimony during the hearing were Ryan Costella, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Click Bond, Inc., Tamar Jacoby, President of Opportunity America, Steve Partridge, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at Northern Virginia Community College and Traci Tapani, Co-President and Owner of Wyoming Machine, Inc. Members of the Subcommittee focused their questions on a variety of factors that influence the skills gap and how programs and partnerships between business and education can work together to overcome it. Witnesses discussed the role CTE can play in connecting education to business and industry and examples of programs that have seen promising results. In addition, they discussed the importance of investing in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Additional topics were also discussed, including the need to both strengthen career guidance and advisement and change the perception of CTE.

Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion Completes Final Report

The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, which was called for by President Trump’s June 2017 Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships in America held its final meeting on May 10. The Task Force was chaired by Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta and vice-chaired by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and comprised of 20 members representing business and industry, education, state and local government and more. As part of the Executive Order, the Task Force was “charged with the mission of identifying strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient” and submit a final report to the President with their findings. The final report includes 26 recommendations from the Task Force’s four subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Education and Credentialing, the Subcommittee on Attracting Business to Apprenticeship, the Subcommittee on Expanding Access, Equity, and Career Awareness and the Subcommittee on Administrative and Regulatory Strategies to Expand Apprenticeship. You can find the final report along with materials from the Task Force’s previous meetings on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion webpage.

Kathryn Zekus, Senior Associate, Federal Policy

 

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