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ACTE National Policy Update. Stephen DeWitt, Deputy Executive Director. ACTE’s Voice in the Field. A dvocates with Congress, the Department of Education, Department of Labor and other federal departments and agencies Through grassroots efforts, ensures policymakers hear from the CTE community

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acte national policy update

ACTE National Policy Update

Stephen DeWitt,

Deputy Executive Director

acte s voice in the field
ACTE’s Voice in the Field
  • Advocates with Congress, the Department of Education, Department of Labor and other federal departments and agencies
  • Through grassroots efforts, ensures policymakers hear from the CTE community
  • Represents CTE in national education dialogue through partnerships with national education policy organizations
  • One of the few organizations focused on national public awareness issues pertaining to CTE
political climate
Political Climate

As we move toward elections, partisanship is expected to get worse

Only “must-pass” legislation is moving

Cantor’s defeat creating House chaos

Funding issues are driving the debate…even on authorizing issues

Jobs/skills gap are key concerns

congressional schedule
Congressional Schedule

Senate RecessHouse Recess

June 30-July 4 June 30-July 4

August 4-September 5 August 1-September 5

September 22-26

October 3----

happening now
Happening Now…
  • FY 2015 Funding
  • Reauthorizations
    • Workforce Investment Act
    • Carl D. Perkins Act
    • Higher Education Act
    • Elementary and Secondary Education Act
president s fy 15 budget request
President’s FY 15 Budget Request
  • Total education funding increased by over $1 billion ($69 billion)
  • Level Funds Perkins State Grants ($1.118 billion)
  • Does not fully restore to pre-sequester
  • National Programs remain at sequester level
  • Proposes set-aside from Perkins State Grants
    • $100 million for competitive innovation fund, including $10 million for “Pay-for-Success” projects
    • Reflects department’s blueprint for reauthorization of Perkins CTE Act
fy 15 appropriations process
FY 15 Appropriations Process
  • Appropriations request letters for Perkins went to House and Senate Labor-HHS-ED subcommittees in early April
    • Called for increase to pre-sequester levels
    • 94 signers in House and 25 in Senate
  • Sec. Duncan testified on Administration’s budget request in April and May
    • House and Senate Labor-HHS-ED appropriations subcommittees, House Education and the Workforce Committee, and Senate Budget Committee.
    • Questioned on budget request for Perkins
    • Committees were critical of focus on competitive programs
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FY 15 Appropriations Process
  • Caps for each of the 12 subcommittees 302(b) allocations for Labor, HHS and Education…
    • Current FY 14: $156.8 billion
    • House FY 15: $155.7 billion
    • Senate FY 15: $156.8 billion
  • Perkins funding will come from this total
  • House and Senate Appropriations Committees will write FY 15 funding bills
fy 2015 appropriations process
FY 2015 Appropriations Process

Senate subcommittee markup 6/10

Only some numbers released – not full bill

Bill estimated to provide a 0.3% increase in discretionary funding for the Department of Education

Full committee markup postponed indefinitely

House yet to schedule any education markup

CR very likely

key fy 2015 appropriations messages
Key FY 2015 Appropriations Messages
  • Funding for the Perkins is currently more than $140 million lower than in FY 2010
  • Over 20 states are currently receiving allocations at or below the level they received in 1998
  • It is time to build our federal investment in CTE by supporting increased Perkins funding in FY 2015
  • Congress must make investing in CTE a top priority
administration s cte blueprint
Administration’s CTE Blueprint

CTE Blueprint Released spring 2012

Key themes of: Alignment, Collaboration, Accountability, Innovation

Concerns related to many aspects, particularly competitive funding and mandatory consortia grants

Not getting much positive attention on Hill

house activity
House Activity

Subcommittee hearing, 9/20/13

Full Committee hearing, 11/19/13

Field hearing in Las Vegas, 3/18/14

Big focus on industry partnerships, certifications, and secondary-postsecondary pathways

Likely to turn to Perkins after WIA

senate activity
Senate Activity
  • No formal activity on Perkins, but possibility in summer
  • Senate staff are gathering information
  • Key themes:
    • Labor market alignment
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Secondary-postsecondary connections
    • Performance/accountability
    • Innovation/best practices
new senate cte caucus
New Senate CTE Caucus

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Co-Chair

CTE Briefing, June 11

Edison HS CTE Academies visit, May 29

acte activities
ACTE Activities

Now working on specific legislative language

Working closely with congressional staff; particularly Caucus and Committees

Helped form a coalition of groups interested in the law

Organizing school visits and briefings for Hill staff, educational briefings for press, etc

business involvement
Business Involvement
  • IBM-led group has been meeting with Hill staff
  • Released a letter in May with over 200 sigs:
    • Align CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market
    • Support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions and employers;
    • Increase student participation in experiential learning opportunities such as industry internships, apprenticeships and mentorships; and promote the use of industry-recognized credentials
partner groups
Partner Groups

National Assn. of State Directors of CTE Consortium

American Association of School Administrators

National Education Association

National Governors Association

Business groups – IBM, Chamber of Commerce, Opportunity Nation, etc.

Ed/Workforce groups – NAPE, NASSP, NAWB, counseling groups, CTSOs, etc.

acte perkins guiding principles
ACTE Perkins Guiding Principles

Redefine the Federal Role in CTE

Target Expenditures

Define Program Quality Elements

Ensure Relevant and Consistent Data

Offer Incentives for Innovation

Provide the Infrastructure to Support the System

workforce investment act1
Workforce Investment Act
  • Strengthening Knowledge and Investing in Life-Long Skills (SKILLS) Act (H.R. 803)
    • Passed the House on March 15, 2013
  • Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356)
    • Passed HELP Committee on bipartisan vote
  • Bipartisan, bicameral negotiations yielded compromise last week
workforce innovation opportunity act
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Elimination of sequence of services

Direct contracting with education providers

Focus on career pathways

Common accountability measures

Workforce boards streamlined – may be more difficult for CTE to be represented

Infrastructure funding compromise

workforce innovation opportunity act1
Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Bill originally “hot-lined” in Senate

May be considered on floor next week as amendment to House bill

Non-controversial amendments will be allowed – no list yet

After bill passes Senate it will go back to House

No “Plan B”

higher education act
Higher Education Act
  • Still in hearings phase in both Senate and House
  • Big focus on financial aid aspects
  • Administration has announced new college ratings system
    • Include metrics on access, affordability and outcomes
    • Not final yet but will publish by 2015
    • Goal to allow easy comparison of institutions
    • Could have impacts on financial aid eligibility with congressional approval
esea reauthorization
ESEA Reauthorization
  • Strengthening America’s Schools Act (S.1094)
    • Approved in Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in June 2013 on partisan vote
  • Student Success Act (H.R.5)
    • Passed through full House on partisan vote in July 2013
advocacy at home
Advocacy at Home

Most MOCs are supportive of CTE, but we need to keep them active and knowledgeable.

Build a relationship with your Members of Congress.

advocacy opportunities
Advocacy Opportunities

Visit state or district offices to meet with staff

Attend a town hall featuring your member

Members tend to hold weekly “coffee hours” open to all constituents

Op-Eds & Letters to the Editor

host a school visit
Host a School Visit
  • School tour showing off CTE programs
  • Opportunities for the Member to speak with teachers and students
  • Opportunity for Member to speak about his or her CTE priorities to media, students and teachers

Coordinate a date with your Member to come see your program.

What is this typically?

One of the most effective means of driving support

Check out our tips on setting up school visits on our online Advocacy Toolkit -

key resources
Key Resources

Online Advocacy Toolkit

CTE Action Center

CTE Policy Watch Blog

ACTE News – Policy Section

Legislative Alerts

Fact Sheets

Issue Briefs/Sheets

contact information
Contact Information

Association for Career and Technical Education


Stephen DeWitt –

Alisha Hyslop –