Archive for July, 2012

Congress to Pass Six Month CR in September

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner announced today that they have reached a deal on a six-month continuing resolution (CR), which will fund the government at $1.047 trillion, which is the level set for FY 13 in the Budget Control Act (BCA). While no other details have been announced, staff will work through August recess to draft a bill. One issue to note is that the funding level set by the BCA is $4 billion more than the FY12 level, so the CR cannot simply fund programs at last year’s levels. It is unclear how Congress will allocate the additional funding for the six month CR.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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Announcing the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Make your plans now to attend the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting!

Don’t miss this exciting professional development opportunity for State Directors, Career Technical Education (CTE) Leaders, and individuals who contribute to the CTE community at the national, state, and local levels. This meeting is different from any you’ve experienced. We are dedicating an entire day to professional development, focusing on the multiple roles you face as change agent, coalition builder, leader, advocate – and equipping you with the tools you need to be an effective leader in a constantly changing environment.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this fall in the heartland of America – Omaha, Nebraska. Here is general information as you make your plans.

When October 11-13, 2012

Where Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market
555 South 10th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68102 Phone 1-402-346-9000
Check-in: 3 p.m. Check-out: NOON
Parking: Self-parking is $10.00 daily; valet parking is $16.00 daily

Registration Rates Now through September 14, 2012: NASDCTEc Member – $425; Non-Member – $600
On or after September 15, 2012:NASDCTEc Member – $525; Non-Member – $700

Reservations We have secured a special group rate of $91 plus any applicable taxes for suite rooms. This rate is effective through September 17, 2012. After that date, all rooms available are subject to the prevailing regular hotel rates.

Transportation Distance from airport: The hotel is within 4 miles of Eppley Airfield – only 5 minutes away. The hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle to/from the airport. Guests may call the hotel directly at 402-346-9000 for pickup service as they land. The hotel’s van will meet guests across the street outside of door #4. As guests depart the hotel, the hotel runs the shuttle service every ½ hour. Guests may coordinate travel schedule needs with the bell desk, valet or Front Desk agent. The hotel’s shuttle is also available complimentary within a 3 mile radius of the hotel.

Attire is business casual. October weather in Omaha can range from the mid-40s to the mid-60s; you will want to pack a light jacket or sweater.

Quick Links

Questions? Please call 301-588-9630 and we will be happy to help!

We are looking forward to seeing you this fall at the 2012 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting!

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements

Legislative Update: Alternative Certification, Career Academies

Friday, July 27th, 2012

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Alternative Certification

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing this week to examine alternative certification of teachers. The topic is a timely one given its connection to defining highly qualified teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act. In 2010, Congress passed legislation that allowed students enrolled in alternative certification programs to be considered “highly qualified teachers.” The House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill seeks to extend this definition for two more years.

There was general support for alternative routes to certification on both sides of the aisle during the hearing. Chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA) had this to say:

Alternative certification routes help address teacher shortages in particular geographic areas and subject matter, as well as strengthen the overall quality of the teaching profession. While Republicans know there is no one-size-fits-all federal solution to help put more effective teachers in the classroom, supporting the availability and acceptance of alternative certification programs is one way the public and private sectors can join together to ensure more students have access to a quality education from an extraordinary educator.

Cynthia Brown, Vice President for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, agreed that alternative certification programs hold a lot of promise, but that there need to be policies in place to ensure that they are “high quality, innovative, and effective,” which also holds true for traditional teacher preparation programs. She suggested that Congress focus on teacher effectiveness rather than alternative routes to certification.

More Details on Career Academies Proposal

Last week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Academy Foundation’s NEXT Conference about the President’s FY13 budget proposal to invest $1 billion in career academies. Funding at this level could increase the number of career academies by 3,000 and serve an additional 500,000 students.

According to Duncan, $200 million in grants to states would be available in FY13, and $400 million would be available in both FY14 and FY15. Grants to would total $4 million each to states, and would be given over a three year period. States would distribute those funds competitively to locals.

As part of the grant program, the Department of Education is proposing a definition of “career academy” that each state must use for the in-state competition:

  1. A career academy is a secondary school program as organized as a small learning com­munity or school within a school to provide the support of a personalized learning environment.
  2. The academy must begin in ninth grade and combine credit-bearing academic and techni­cal curriculum.
  3. The academy must organize curriculum around a career theme like those proposed by NAF — hospitality and tourism, IT, health, sci­ence, and engineering — and be aligned with states’ college- and career-ready standards.
  4. The academy must provide work-based learning and career exploration activities through partnerships with local employers.
  5. The academy must articulate entrance re­quirements of postsecondary education programs to ensure students graduate from high school ready to pursue a higher education degree or credential.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager

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New NASDCTEc Officers Take Lead as CTE Adopts Common Standards, Prepare for Reauthorization

Friday, July 27th, 2012

NASDCTEc officers this month commenced their one-year term. The officers take the reins at a time when the Career Technical Education (CTE) community moves forward with implementing rigorous and common standards for CTE, advocating for fiscal support, building increased visibility, awareness and support and preparing for the reauthorization of the federal legislation that governs CTE.

“This is such an exciting time to be part of the Career Technical Education (CTE) community in this nation. Quality secondary and postsecondary CTE programs provide individuals with options and pathways to success in our global economy.  I am honored to serve members of this association that is committed to enhancing access and opportunities to quality CTE programs,” said Marie Barry, NASDCTEc President and State Director of the Office of Career and Technical Education at the New Jersey Department of Education.

NASDCTEc officers include:

In June, NASDCTEc unveiled the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for CTE that states can adopt voluntarily. Forty-two states, Washington, DC, and Palau declared support for the development of the CCTC, which were informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.

NASDCTEc’s advocacy work will focus on preparing for the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and ensure that the legislation will support states in advancing high-quality CTE amid tough fiscal conditions, as well as continuing to build visibility and support for the CTE: Learning That Works for America campaign.

Learn more about the NASDCTEc officers by reading their biographies.

By Erin in Advance CTE Announcements, Advance CTE State Director
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Senate Holds Hearing on Impact of Sequestration on Education Programs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education held a hearing this morning to hear from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a panel of state and local educators about the impact of sequestration on education programs. Chairman of the subcommittee, Senator Tom Harkin (IA), called on his colleagues to come to a bipartisan and balanced approach to deficit reduction, rather than the “arbitrary” cuts of sequestration.

During his testimony, Secretary Duncan agreed that we need to take a balanced approach because sequestration will cut both effective and ineffective programs. He also argued that cutting education funding is very much a national security issue due to the number of highly technical jobs, including those in the military sector, which go unfilled because there are not enough skilled individuals to fill them. When asked about the impact of the cuts on education reform efforts, Duncan said that sequestration will touch all education programs, including CTE.

June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instructionin North Carolina, spoke about how sequestration would hurt her state’s effort at increasing college and career readiness. For example, providing training for Microsoft certifications requires CTE funding, which would be cut under sequestration. She also noted that the graduation rate of CTE concentrators in North Carolina is 90 percent. Presumably cuts to Perkins funding would hinder the tremendous achievement of CTE students.

Harkin also released this morning Under Threat – Sequestration’s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services, a report which looks at the potential impact of sequestration on education, health and labor programs under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The report gives national as well as state-by-state estimates of the number of jobs that could be lost and the number of individuals who could lose services if sequestration goes into effect.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager


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Research Center Report: Highlights From Five Years of CTE Research

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

For the last several years, the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) has conducted valuable research initiatives that provide more information on Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and strategies. This week, the Center released a comprehensive report showcasing the influential work completed by the Center over the last five years.

The report summarizes a wealth of resources and research undertaken by NRCCTE, including summaries of several studies, publications and videos, professional development, and technical assistance.

NRCCTE’s research has covered a wide range of topics pertaining to CTE including programs of study and career pathways, the integration of academics and CTE, using data to improve the design and delivery of CTE, and more. Their findings suggest that programs of study contribute to student engagement and emphasize the importance of connecting secondary and postsecondary education.

Read more from the report here.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

By Kara in Research

Register Now for Webinar on Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Statements: Connecting to the Curriculum

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Mark your calendars for an upcoming webinar on Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Statements: Connecting to the Curriculum

Date: August 16, 2012 Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Register NOW

This co-sponsored webinar will present an overview of the process and resources associated with the development of Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Clustersâ„¢ that are now available for use by states and local schools districts.

Participants will learn the details of how the statements were developed, review the developed statements, obtain information about accessing additional resources, as well as hear about strategies for implementing the standards.

The project was funded through the US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education and managed by MPR Associates. The webinar is co-sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS), The Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center of the American Association of Community Colleges (SEED Center), and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

This webinar will be recorded.

Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, NASDCTEc
Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Webinars

JD Hoye to Present on Business Community Engagement on CNBC Morning Talk Show July 25

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Former Oregon State Director and National Academy Foundation (NAF) President JD Hoye will be presenting on CNBC’s morning talk show July 25, 2012. Tune in to CNBC tomorrow morning at 8:40 a.m. to see JD Hoye on Squawk Box. JD will join NAF Founder and Chairman Sandy Weill to discuss the organization’s connection to the business community.

Ms. Hoye has been a leader for education reform at the state and local levels. She was Associate Superintendent of the Office of Professional/Technical Education for the Oregon Department of Education and Office of Community Colleges and served as the leader of a 27-county organization that managed federal job training funding for rural counties in Oregon.

About the show:
“Squawk Box” is a “pre-market” morning news and talk program, where business and political leaders share stories.

Learn more about the National Academy Foundation, a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in News

Sequestration: Resources and New Information

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The information surrounding the impact and logistics of sequestration is continually in flux. With little guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, a number of policy groups are speculating about what will happen in 2013. We also know that states and locals are bracing for the worst, and trying as best they can to prepare for an approximately 8 percent cut to federally funded programs. To help you better understand the potential impact of sequestration, we have pulled together a number of resources from various sources.

Based on estimates from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Education Association, an 8.4% cut to Perkins in FY13 would amount to a $94 million cut. A cut of this magnitude would bring funding down to 1999 levels at time when there are 2.5 million more students enrolled in CTE than there were in 1999. There is however, some good news. We had originally believed that sequestration would cut Perkins advance appropriations immediately on January 3, 2013, but the Department released a clarifying memo on Friday that read in part:

If Congress does not act to avoid sequestration, and assuming the 2013 appropriations for these four accounts are structured similarly to past appropriations (which they are under the pending House and Senate appropriations bills), the Department will take the sequester from funds that would become available in July 2013 for school year 2013-14, not from the 2012 advance appropriations available in October 2012. The amount of the reduction will be calculated by applying the sequester percentage (to be determined by the Office of Management and Budget) to the fiscal year 2013 budgetary resources from both the 2012 advance appropriations and the 2013 regular appropriations that are available for the four accounts. The calculated sequester amount will then get subtracted from the July 2013 funding. The net effect will be to cut the funding level for the programs in the four accounts with advance funding by the same percentage as all other programs, projects, and activities.

We also want to bring to your attention the results of a survey conducted by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) on the impact of sequestration on schools. The overwhelming majority of respondents (90 percent) said that neither their state nor their district would be able to absorb or offset the sequestration cuts. Fifty-four percent said that they have built in the potential cuts to their 2012-2013 school year budgets. The areas that are most likely to be affected, according to survey respondents, are: professional development, after-school programs, laying off instructional staff, and increasing class size.

What would sequestration do to CTE in your state? As we go up on the Hill and advocate against cuts to Perkins, we need to be able to share your stories. Please send any impact data on an 8.4% cut to Nancy Conneely at

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Nominees Sought from Youth Leadership Organizations for White House Champions of Change

Friday, July 20th, 2012

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the White House will honor 12 Champions of Change – including FFA members who are helping America win the future with unique projects that move their communities forward. This September, the White House will welcome the winning students from around the country to Washington for a day of discussion on their work, and the future of American agriculture. The Secretary is asking for nominations online; the nomination form deadline is August 3, 2012.

FFA Members represent Career Technical Education student leaders.

See blog and video message for more information

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in News