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.
Continue reading Federal update: Career and Technical Education (CTE) draws attention
A June 29 Congressional Budget Office report entitled Longer-Term Effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 on Medicaid Spending projects federal Medicaid spending under the Senate version of the health care reform bill would be 26 percent (or roughly $160 billion) lower in 2026 than under current law. That gap would widen to about 35 percent in 2036. Continue reading New Report Outlines Impact of Senate Health Care Reform Bill on Medicaid
Last Monday (Aug. 1) was an important day for two reasons: 1) it marked the expiration date for the accountability waivers to states granted by the U.S. Department of Education (USED); and 2) it marked the deadline for interested parties to file comments on the USED’s proposed rules on accountability and state plans under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The USED received more than 20,000 comments on its draft rules on accountability, which is arguably the most controversial part of ESSA.
Continue reading Transition to ESSA Accountability System May Be Bumpy