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Earlier this month, the Department of Education announced its first Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grant competition, newly authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This new grant program builds on the prior “Investing in Innovation (i3)” competition and is designed to support “state and local efforts to develop, implement and take to scale innovative and evidence-based projects.”
In this new competition, however, both states and local school districts are eligible to apply for funding, and they may also collaborate with a wide range of groups to implement projects.
Three types of grants will be available:
Applications for EIR grants are due April 13, 2017, but an intent to apply should be submitted by February 13. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2017, although the total available is still subject to congressional appropriations.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 12/30/2016 at 11:42 AM in ESEA, Executive Branch | Permalink
It was recently announced that Andrew Puzder is the president-elect’s choice to run the U.S. Department of Labor in the new Administration. Like education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Puzder’s background is in the private sector, he is the current CEO of the parent company for the fast food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, and this will be his first time holding public office. As secretary of labor, Puzder would be responsible for overseeing many federal employment and training initiatives, including most programs authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Registered Apprenticeship system and Job Corps among others.
While his company reportedly provides some benefits for job and career education and training to certain employees, he has also been a proponent for the increased use of automation in business to reduce labor costs. A critic of the Affordable Care Act, increasing the federal minimum wage and expanding worker protections through regulations, it’s likely that Puzder will focus his efforts on rolling back federal labor rules, and not on workforce training issues. In any case, he will appear in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a confirmation hearing (the date for this hearing has not been announced) before his nomination is voted on by the full Senate. Follow us on the CTE Policy Watch Blog for more transition updates.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 12/13/2016 at 02:24 PM in Executive Branch | Permalink
This week, the House and Senate are expected to vote on yet another stopgap funding bill for Fiscal Year 2017. As we reported in September, Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to provide temporary funding for the federal government through December 9. A CR is intended to put the federal budget on autopilot by continuing current funding levels for federal programs, including Perkins, until a long-term agreement can be reached. Earlier this fall, Congress seemed poised to pass a full-year funding bill before adjourning in December, but at the request of the incoming Trump Administration, this new CR will punt important funding decisions into April.
We previously noted that the CR passed in September included an across-the-board cut to keep overall spending within the required budget caps for the year. Because of the way Perkins funds are budgeted and dispersed, the cut (a total of $5.5 million overall) impacted Perkins Basic State Grant advance funding that began rolling out to states on October 1.
Based on revised figures from the U.S. Department of Education, 30 states saw reductions in their Perkins October allocations. The cut could be restored (and has routinely been in years past) if Congress approves a full-year funding bill. Though the new CR would adjust the across-the-board cut down slightly to 0.19 percent, states will likely not receive any supplemental funds—leaving the initial cuts in place for the foreseeable future.
This ongoing budget dysfunction will not only create funding uncertainty for states and local CTE programs who need to prepare budgets for the 2017-18 school year, it will also cause confusion when Congress is supposed to begin work on FY 2018 funding in the coming months. Let your Members of Congress know that they need to restore the cuts to Perkins.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 12/08/2016 at 12:53 PM in Federal Funding | Permalink
Last week, ACTE released the latest draft of its Quality CTE Program of Study Framework (version 3.0). This Framework is part of an ongoing project at ACTE to identify a comprehensive, research-based quality CTE program of study framework, test the framework and integrate it into our efforts to recognize and disseminate information on best practices within CTE.
This new draft of the Framework incorporates feedback received over the past year, including from focus groups, expert review, surveys, and additional research on key issues.
Based on continued feedback, the Framework draft 3.0 will be refined a final time and then pilot tested in the spring to assess its validity and utility. To provide input on the draft framework, or if you are interested in participating in the pilot testing, please contact ACTE Public Policy Director Alisha Hyslop at email@example.com. You can access more information about the overall project at http://www.acteonline.org/high-qualityCTE.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 12/05/2016 at 04:58 PM in Data and Research | Permalink
The House Education and the Workforce has officially announced that Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will assume the role of chair in the 115th Congress, following the retirement of current chair Rep. John Kline (R-MN). Rep. Foxx has served on the Committee for a number of years, including the last six as chair of its Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Prior to coming to Congress, Rep. Foxx served as an educator, school board member and was involved in North Carolina’s higher education system, including through work at community colleges. Upon the announcement of her new position, Rep. Foxx said:
“My colleagues have entrusted me with a significant responsibility, and I look forward to building on the foundation established by leaders such as John Kline and John Boehner and continuing their legacy of honest, dogged work confronting the challenges facing America’s schools and workplaces. The committee will continue to work towards fostering the best opportunities for students to learn, workers to succeed and employers to grow.”
In interviews prior to her official selection, Rep. Foxx outlined several priorities she would pursue as chair of the Committee. Chief among them was rolling back federal regulations on policies under the Committee’s jurisdiction. She has also expressed interest in reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In the past, she has also suggested that Perkins reauthorization should be a priority if not completed this year. “And certainly if it doesn't get passed this fall, it would be high on the agenda for whomever the next chairman is,” she said in an interview in late August.
Posted by Alisha Hyslop on 12/02/2016 at 04:55 PM | Permalink
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