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Department of Ed Issues Guidance for Development of State Perkins Plans

In July 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was approved. Now states can review draft guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education for how to develop and submit the plans that are a requirement under this rewrite of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education.

Report: Evidence Lacking on Value of CTE Investments

A new report has examined whether career and technical education (CTE) deserves all the attention it's getting. The jury's still out.

Making College Affordable Remains a High Priority in Washington

More states are providing free college tuition, but equity concerns remain when it comes to the costs of textbooks, transportation and housing.

Congress Averts Government Shutdown, Funds Department of Education

The United States Department of Education is receiving nearly $71.5 billion for fiscal year 2019, a $581 million increase from the previous year.

Office of Federal Student Aid Looking to Revamp Tech and Operations

The Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid is looking for solutions to help manage its high-volume system that manages $1.4 trillion for more than 42 million users.

Perkins Act Given Another 6 Years of Life

After six years of kicking around the official language for an updated Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education bill, Congress and the president have voted and signed the act into law. The Perkins Act, H.R. 2353 (115), which has been considered for reauthorization since 2012, commits between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for the program over the next six years.

Texas Draft Report Tackles Dual-Credit Outcomes

A recent draft report on dual credit participation by Texas students confirmed that those who took such courses had better college outcomes than high school graduates who didn't; that they completed their college degrees faster; and that although progress is being made, a participation "disparity" still exists for "less advantaged groups."

California Considers Piloting Income Share Agreements

One of the bills awaiting action in California's Senate and Assembly is A.B. 2479, which would require the state's two university systems to pilot an income share agreement.

Round 1 of Federal Challenge Amasses Ideas to Reboot Higher Ed

With just a few days to go in the competition, nearly 80 detailed projects have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology's "Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge."

Report: How to Scale America's Apprenticeships 20-Fold

A new report proposes the creation of a national network of "apprenticeship institutes" in every state. These centers would act as hubs for employers, workers, high schools, community colleges and unions.

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