Legislative Update: Member Changes on House Ed and Workforce Committee, Report on Perkins Issues from CRS

113th Congress Sworn In with 90 Freshman Lawmakers

Members of the 113th Congress, including 90 new freshman senators and representatives, were sworn in yesterday. View a list of new members here. Please make outreach to your new members and let them know why they should support Perkins funding for CTE!

Member Changes on House Education and the Workforce Committee, New House Subcommittee Chairs Named

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) announced the Republican members of the committee for the 113th Congress. There are seven new Republican members, including 3 freshman members, and six new Democrats. New Republican members include:

  • Tom Price (R-GA)
  • Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
  • Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
  • Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
  • Susan Brooks (R-IN) (Freshman member)
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC) (Freshman member)
  • Luke Messer (R-IN) (Freshman member)

Subcommittee chairs were also announced. Notably, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was replaced by Rep. Todd Rokita as the chair of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. Other chairs include:

  • Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
  • Phil Roe (R-TN), Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
  • Tim Walberg (R-MI), Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Please see our Congressional Contacts page for more information on changes to Congressional leadership.

Bill to Amend FERPA

Congress recently passed a bill to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in part to provide more access to student records for directly-involved agency caseworkers and to limit access of student records to certain individuals. The bill will now go to President Obama for signing.

Perkins Report from Congressional Research Service

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released last month a report that summarizes potential issues for Congress to consider during the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The report lays out key questions and issues such as:

  • To what extent should the federal government support CTE and in what ways, given competing priorities and an environment of fiscal constraint?
  • What is the optimal involvement of local business and industry representatives in the development and maintenance of CTE programs to ensure the CTE programs provide relevant curriculum and technical skills that respond to regional or national labor markets and that maximize the students’ post-education opportunities?

View the full report here.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager

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