Jay Jackman

Washington Beat -- February 2021

Blog Post created by Jay Jackman on Feb 21, 2021

US Senate Committee Confirmation of US Secretary of Education


The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) voted 17-5 to confirm Dr. Miguel Cardona as the new U.S. Secretary of Education. The vote followed the HELP Committee hearing on Dr. Cardona’s nomination. Details of the hearing are here. Confirmation of Dr. Cardona was supported by both HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC). Next, Dr. Cardona’s nomination will be voted on by the full Senate.


House Introduces Resolution to Recognize February as National CTE Month


Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus, introduced a resolution that recognizes February as National CTE Month. The resolution highlights the value of CTE programs for all learners, as well as the role that CTE plays in economic recovery. The press release from Congressmen Langevin and Thompson includes a statement from Advance CTE Executive Director Kimberly Green: 

“We are proud to support the CTE Month resolution, honoring the learners, educators, supporters and stakeholders who are navigating a challenging time for our education system. It has been heartening to see current and former CTE learners on the frontline of the pandemic – as educators, scientists, manufacturers, transportation professionals and healthcare workers. CTE plays a crucial role in helping learners stay engaged in their education, ensuring they are prepared with the knowledge and skills needed no matter what the future economy holds. At the same time, postsecondary CTE is paramount to the upskilling and reskilling for the millions of Americans who are still out of work, preparing them for living-wage and in-demand careers. We appreciate elevating these important issues during CTE Month.”