“With a new Administration at the helm, federal agencies are transitioning with new objectives and appointees while those new appointees are becoming acquainted with both federal agency procedures and agency staff. Regardless of these internal agency changes, existing program requirements must be met, regulatory guidance remains essential to program implementation and the federal regulatory process continues. During this session, executive staff from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor will provide an overview of their regulatory agencies, their programs and agendas; and will answer questions about upcoming changes that may impact the CTE and Apprenticeship work done at federal and state levels.
Congress, CTE and Perkins Reauthorization
The 114th Congress saw the bipartisan passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a voice vote on the House Floor of 405 – 5, but without any real movement in the U.S. Senate. Now, this new 115th Congress has seen changes on the landscape to include a new Chair ‘woman’ in the House Committee on Education and Workforce and a Senate CTE Caucus Co-Chair as a new member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. Both Chambers continue to express interest in wanting address reforms in Perkins that will modernize the legislation to reflect the workforce and overall economic, high-skill needs. Senior congressional committee staff from both the House and Senate will give an update on Perkins – where it stands now and what to expect.