ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®
With a week to go before Election Day 2016, now is a great time to reflect on the reasons why voting is important to you. Maybe you view voting as a civic duty—a part of being actively engaged in your community. Maybe it’s the issues that will drive you to the polls, education being among the critical national issues that will be impacted by the results of this election. And maybe you vote because you want to ensure the best possible future for the next generation by supporting CTE at the ballot box. No matter the reason, it is important to make your voice heard by participating on Election Day or through an early voting option.
Let us know why voting matters to you, and check out the CTE Policy Watch blog all this week to read some of the reasons why voting is important to us. You can also visit the Election Watch 2016 page on our website for more information on voting in your area.
ACTE is a nonpartisan organization that does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 10/31/2016 at 08:36 AM in Action Alerts, Election Watch | Permalink
Last week we asked our members and partners to voice their support for including a CTE question in the second presidential debate. In response, thousands of people participated through a website developed in partnership with the debate’s moderators. Unfortunately, the moderators chose not to ask a CTE question, or any education question for that matter. However, thanks to all who voted, the initiative led to one very clear conclusion: Americans want to know where the presidential candidates stand on career and technical education.
For many, CTE is top of mind this election season. With the Perkins Act up for reauthorization and the Higher Education Act on the agenda for next year, it’s important that candidates for office articulate how they would support CTE. We hope that the final debate on Wednesday, Oct. 19th will be centered on policy specifics and include a question about workforce development, education and CTE.
Here are the results from the CTE question we submitted and our members voted on:
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where we'll be tweeting and posting questions we hope are asked ahead of the final debate.
Please note that ACTE is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that does not, nor will it, endorse any candidate or political party for elected office.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 10/10/2016 at 02:07 PM in Action Alerts, Advocacy Resources, Election Watch | Permalink
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote on passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587), a comprehensive Perkins reauthorization bill. As we reported in July, the House Education and the Workforce Committee voted unanimously to approve the bill. The legislation now moves to the House floor where we hope it will receive the same overwhelming support from lawmakers in order to keep the reauthorization process moving forward. We need the help of CTE advocates nationwide to achieve this goal. Please take a few minutes to contact your Representative and ask him or her to vote YES on H.R. 5587!
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 09/12/2016 at 03:07 PM in Action Alerts, Perkins | Permalink
On June 7, 2016, Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and James Lankford (R-OK) filed amendment #4479 to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would expand eligibility for returning veterans to use their education benefits at area career and technical education centers – public, non-profit, non-degree granting institutions that award certificates demonstrating technical competency.
Many area CTE centers offer programs with online components, which provide flexibility for their many working students to build their skills while balancing other obligations, such as a family or career. However, current law prohibits veterans from using their benefits for such programs unless they are offered at a degree-granting institution, such as a four-year university – an arbitrary limitation that has forced many CTE programs to close their doors to America’s heroes.
ACTE has partnered with Senators Inhofe and Lankford to craft this amendment, and now we need your help to ensure that it receives maximum support!
Posted by Sean Lynch on 06/08/2016 at 02:46 PM in Action Alerts, In the News, Postsecondary Issues | Permalink
Next week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of its FY 2017 funding bill for education and workforce training. This committee will be making initial decisions about how much funding Perkins and other programs will receive next year. The Perkins Basic State Grant program is currently funded at $1.118 billion, but tight budgetary caps for the coming fiscal year may result in many education programs being cut or frozen at current levels in the bill!
Thanks to the efforts of CTE advocates nationwide, 150 Members of Congress, including 32 Senators, signed letters in support of increased funding for Perkins earlier this spring. Now take a few minutes to contact your Senators (particularly those listed below who are members of the committee) and let them know it’s time to realize the goal of increasing our investment in CTE!
Senate Appropriations Committee Members
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Jon Tester (D-MT)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
William Cassidy (R-LA)
Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
James Lankford (R-OK)
Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 06/03/2016 at 01:44 PM in Action Alerts, Federal Funding | Permalink
Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate CTE Caucus, have circulated a letter to their colleagues encouraging them to join them as cosponsors of a resolution to recognize February as CTE Month in the U.S. Senate! This resolution would formally demonstrate the Senate’s support of the goals and ideals of CTE Month, and help to build awareness of CTE among policymakers and education stakeholders in Washington. It is crucial that the resolution has a strong show of support among Senators from all across the country, and we need your help to ensure its success!
Posted by Sean Lynch on 02/01/2016 at 05:31 PM in Action Alerts, CTE Caucus | Permalink
This week, the final conference report on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was made available to the public. A summary of the bill is available here. As we previously reported, a conference committee comprised of members of the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill earlier this month. The House is expected to vote on final passage of the bill later this week, followed by the Senate next week.
ESSA includes some key CTE provisions to promote activities that integrate academic and CTE content in the classroom—including specialized professional development opportunities, expanded college and career guidance programs, improved availability of CTE student performance information, and recognition of CTE as a core component of a well-rounded education. For these reasons and more, ACTE has endorsed ESSA. Our statement of support is available here.
Check back on the CTE Policy Watch Blog for additional analysis and updates. Also, please take a few minutes to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to vote Yes on ESSA!
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 12/01/2015 at 04:50 PM in Action Alerts, ESEA | Permalink
As we recently reported, Congress recently approved a budget agreement, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which increases overall discretionary funding caps for domestic programs. Congress must now begin the task of setting funding levels for individual programs for FY 2016, including Perkins, before the current short-term funding bill expires on December 11. It will be up to the appropriations committees in the House and Senate to determine which individual programs will receive a funding increase, and these decisions are expected to happen in the next few days.
On Friday, ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to restore funding for Perkins to the pre-sequestration level of $1.123 billion as part of the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill.
We will continue to work closely with congressional appropriators to promote the full restoration of Perkins funding. Please help us in our efforts by taking a few minutes to contact your Members of Congress and let them know that it is time to make investing in CTE a top priority!
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 11/16/2015 at 10:06 AM in Action Alerts, Federal Funding | Permalink
On Tuesday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the House Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a hearing entitled “Improving Career and Technical Education to Help Students Succeed in the Workforce." ACTE Past-President Doug Major, Superintendent/CEO at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as well as Dr. Deneece Huftalin, President of ACTE EIM member Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be among those sharing testimony. The committee hearing will be broadcast online at http://edworkforce.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=399578, so tune in Tuesday!
The full list of witnesses includes:
Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin President Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, Utah
Dr. Douglas Major Superintendent/CEO Meridian Technology Center Stillwater, Oklahoma
Dr. Irelene Ricks Director Diversity in Life Science Programs Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology Silverthorne, Colorado
Mr. Tim Johnson Director of Government Relations National Center for Construction Education and Research Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 10/20/2015 at 12:47 PM in Action Alerts, Perkins | Permalink
Today, Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, circulated a letter to the full Senate formally inviting their colleagues to join the Caucus. This bipartisan caucus calls attention to CTE as a proven method for promoting America’s continued economic growth and ensuring that our students have the skills they need to succeed. Current members of the Senate caucus are:
ACTE encourages you to contact your Senators if they are not already a member and encourage them to join. Click here to contact your Senator through the CTE Action Center!
Posted by Sean Lynch on 09/24/2015 at 03:33 PM in Action Alerts, CTE Caucus | Permalink
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