Jay Jackman

Washington Beat -- April 2021

Blog Post created by Jay Jackman on Apr 13, 2021

US Department of Education (USED) Announces New Deputy Assistant Secretary (and Acting Assistant Secretary) for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)


On April 9, 2021, Dr. Amy Loyd was announced as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives at OCTAE as well as Acting Assistant Secretary. A full statement from Advance CTE in support of Dr. Loyd’s appointment can be found here.


From the USED website:


“Amy Loyd, Ed.L.D., has an extensive background in education and the nonprofit sector, and has designed and led programs across the United States that improve education and workforce outcomes for people and strengthen communities. Most recently, Dr. Loyd was a Vice President at Jobs for the Future, where she led the organization's programs in college and career pathways that span K-12 and postsecondary education and training into the world of work; in workforce development with a lens on economic advancement; in state and federal policy; and in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She previously was the Director of Education at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, leading a network of schools and programming providing comprehensive, culturally responsive education, training, and wraparound services to the Alaska Native and Native American communities. Dr. Loyd holds a bachelor's degree from St. John's College and a doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is an adjunct lecturer focused on using career pathways to increase opportunity and equity.”


An excerpt from Advance CTE’s Executive Director Kimberly Green is below:


“On behalf of Advance CTE, I am delighted with the appointment of Dr. Amy Loyd as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives at OCTAE. She is a friend to and advocate of Career Technical Education (CTE), with a deep and long history and commitment to ensuring every learner has access to a high-quality career pathway. Dr. Loyd understands the breadth of CTE - from secondary, postsecondary and adult programs - and has done extensive work developing education programs for historically marginalized populations, including individuals reentering communities from the criminal justice system and Alaska Native and American Indian families. She is a national expert regarding systems change, career pathways, equity, scaling best practices and building more resilient systems and is an excellent, high-qualified choice for this position.”


The White House FY22 Budget Proposal


The White House has submitted an abbreviated version of the Administration’s FY22 discretionary budget request to Congress which includes a proposed $29.8 billion increase in US Department of Education programs. While the “skinny” budget did not include the Administration’s request for Career Technical Education (CTE), it does outline some education and workforce funding levels, including:

  • $20 billion increase to Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA);
  • $3 billion increase to raise the maximum Pell Grant by $400;
  • $600 million increase for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs);
  • $203 million to increase Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) state grants; and
  • $100 million increase to expand registered apprenticeship programs.


A press release can be found here and the full request can be found here.