This is a feature from the May 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link
Scott Stump Nominated by President Trump as Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education – President Trump has nominated Scott Stump to be U. S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Stump currently serves as the Chief Operating and People Development Officer for Vivayic Inc., a firm specializing in learning services and knowledge transfer. Stump is the former Assistant Provost of Career and Technical Education at Colorado Community College System, leading Career Technical Education (CTE) in the state. Scott began his career as an agriculture teacher and was a staff person at the National FFA Organization. He was president of the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (currently Advance CTE) in 2014-15. Stump's appointment requires United States Senate confirmation and it is uncertain when the U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will proceed with the confirmation hearing.
FY18 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Signed … Perkins Received $75 Million Increase – Congress has passed and President Trump has signed an omnibus appropriations bill for FY18 (the year ending September 30, 2018). Notably, the omnibus included a $75 million boost to the Perkins Basic State Grant, bringing this investment up to nearly $1.2 billion. This increase will be allocated to states based on the federal to state formula included in Title I of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins). You can find more information about the omnibus in Advance CTE's press release and some notable increases (compared to FY17 levels) to education and workforce programs are outlined below:
- Student Support and Academic Enrichment state grants, grants authorized under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) received a $700 million increase.
- Congress authorized an increase in the maximum award for federal Pell Grants. Eligible students could receive up to $6,095 for the 2018-2019 academic year, compared to the current $5,920 per year.
- State formula grants provided through Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) were increased by $80 million.
- Adult Education and Family Literacy State Grants were increased by $35 million.
- Apprenticeship grants received a $50 million increase.
Perkins Reauthorization – Since House passage of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 2st Century Act, the bill that would reauthorize Perkins, there has been little discussion about the Senate taking up reauthorization. Recently, Senate staff for members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee have been engaged in internal discussions on Perkins reauthorization. Committee staff are exchanging ideas and language in an effort to spark discussion and move the reauthorization process forward. These initial ideas are not the foundation of a legislative proposal, but rather just one part of the negotiations. It remains to be seen when the Senate will take up Perkins reauthorization.
FY19 Appropriations – 170 members of the United States House of Representatives and 38 members of the United States Senate have signed letters to their respective House and Senate appropriations subcommittees requesting strong funding for Perkins programs. These numbers reflect new record numbers of members of Congress who are on record requesting support for career and technical education programs.