This is an article from the November 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

U.S. Department of Education Will Withdraw Outdated Guidance -- On October 27, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that it will withdraw over 500 pieces of subregulatory guidance that is out-of-date (including nine pieces from the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education that are no longer relevant). The press release notes that "each item has been either superseded by current law or is no longer in effect." The announcement comes as ED's Regulatory Reform Task Force continues its work to determine which regulations and guidance should be replaced, rescinded or modified.  Details here

 

Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Nominees for Three Positions at the U.S. Department of Education and Two Positions at the U.S. Department of Labor -- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing on November 15 for nominees for two positions at the U.S. Department of Labor and three positions at the U.S. Department of Education, including Timothy Kelly, who was nominated to be Assistant Secretary For Career, Technical, and Adult Education.  Details here

Update ... On November 12, 2017, Education Week reported that Timothy Kelly's nomination to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education has been withdrawn.  Details here

 

House Tax Reform Bill Has Implications for CTE Educators, Students and Funding -- On November 2, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House Committee on Ways and Means began to mark up the bill on November 6 and it passed out of committee on a party line vote on November 9. If enacted, the bill would have implications for CTE educators, students and funding, as it proposes: 

  • Eliminating Deductions for Teacher Expenses;
  • Eliminating Student Loan Interest Tax Deduction;
  • Eliminating Tax Benefits for Employer Education Assistance Programs;
  • Eliminating the Lifetime Learning Credit;
  • Expanding 529 College Savings Accounts to Cover Apprenticeship Expenses; and
  • Eliminating State and Local Tax Deductions that Help Fund Public Schools

To learn more about each of these provisions and how the bill would impact federal revenue and education funding, check out this blog post from our partners at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).