ACTE National Policy Seminar Ag Ed Strand – We are preparing for the 12th annual agricultural education strand of the ACTE National Policy Seminar, March 13-15, 2017. Details are here: http://www.naae.org/advocacy/nps.cfm. NAAE covers the registration fee for one NAAE member per state ag ed association. Let us know if you have questions about the NPS.
115th Session of the United States Congress – The 114th Congress wrapped up with a somewhat lackluster finish. Perkins appropriations held steady in FY16. There was some movement on the long-overdue reauthorization of Perkins but, as we expected, the Senate did not take up Perkins reauthorization in the lame duck session. Congress did not complete FY17 appropriations the second session of the 114th Congress so the federal government is currently funded by continuing resolution. President-elect Trump said little during the campaign about his plans for education and the U.S. Department of Education. What little we know is that his pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, and many Republicans in Congress are pro-charter schools and pro-vouchers, which is about using public school funds for private schools. Mr. Trump has also suggested that he might eliminate, or drastically reduce, the U.S. Department of Education. But, all of this remains to be seen, especially since Betsy Devos’ Senate confirmation hearing has been delayed.
NAAE Legislative Action Center continues to be a partnership with ACTE. Access the site from the NAAE website for easy access to your members of the U.S. Congress.
2016 Year in Review – ACTE has prepared a very nice 2016 year in review of federal legislation related to career and technical education. You may access the report here: http://acte.informz.net/informzdataservice/onlineversion/ind/bWFpbGluZ2luc3RhbmNlaWQ9NTc4MzQzOSZzdWJzY3JpYmVyaWQ9NzcxNjU5OTcy. We urge all agricultural educators to be ACTE members. ACTE is the voice for career and technical education in Washington, DC. They need our membership support and we need their good work in advocacy for CTE.