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WASB Testifies in support of expanding CTE incentive grants

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Feb. 13 the WASB supported Senate Bill 16, which increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) incentive grants for school districts by $3.5 million per year in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.

Demand for these grants is anticipated to increase as both the number of eligible students (including those earning multiple industry certifications) and the number of school districts submitting claims continues to grow.  In addition, legislation enacted last session added public safety occupations, including fire fighters, emergency medial responders and emergency medical services practitioners, to the list of industry certifications eligible for these grants and provided for a $500 completion award to each student who successfully completes a public safety occupation training program.
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Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac),  relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.

SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years.  Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs.  Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding

What local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 2)

Federal legislation reauthorizing and renaming the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (a/k/a/ “Perkins V”) will take effect on July 1, 2019..

Here’s more of what local school leaders need to know about this new law, which we’ll refer to as “Perkins V” to save time and space.

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Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new federal CTE law (Part 1)

On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed  into law a bill to reauthorize and rename the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act of 2006 as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act.

This new act has been dubbed “Perkins V” even though Perkins is no longer part of its name.  For purposes of this post, we’ll refer to the new law using this shorthand name to save time and space.

Here’s what local school leaders need to know about the new law:

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Congress reauthorizes Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Congress passed a long-awaited bipartisan overhaul of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act Wednesday (July 25) when the U.S. House of Representatives approved changes made by the U.S. Senate on a voice vote, then sent the legislation to the President for his signature.

The $1.1 billion Perkins CTE program, last reauthorized in 2006,  provides funding for job training and related programs for high school students as well as for students in higher education.  President Donald Trump has made career and technical education a priority for his administration and has called on Congress to send him the bill.

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Federal update: Career and Technical Education (CTE) draws attention

The U.S. Senate’s Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced it will hold an Executive Session next week to vote on an as-yet-unnumbered proposal to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act.  The proposal is included on the list of bills to be considered Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 am.

Nearly a year ago, the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation (HR 2353) to reauthorize the Perkins CTE Act.  While the House measure passed on a voice vote, similar proposals have been stalled in the Senate amid differences of opinion between the chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking Democrats, particularly over how much authority the Secretary of Education should have to oversee the program.

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Fab Lab grants awarded to 22 school districts

According to a release from the governor’s office:

Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that 22 school districts throughout the state have been awarded a total of more than $500,000 in grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) facilities. Continue reading Fab Lab grants awarded to 22 school districts