On July 19, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) establishing the National Council for the American Worker, a federal interagency body designed to increase job training opportunities for students and workers through education, skills-based training and other means of workforce development. Read More</a
The U.S. Senate passed on Thursday its version of the farm bill, a massive piece of legislation that funds farm subsidies and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, for five years. Read More
On June 26, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved its long-awaited draft bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Read More
This week, the House Appropriations Committee will consider the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 education funding bill. The bill proposes to increase funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant by $102 million above the current level—bringing the total to nearly $1.3 billion. Read More
On Thursday, the Trump Administration announced a proposal for a massive overhaul of executive agencies, including merging the Departments of Education and Labor into a new Department of Education and the Workforce (DEW). It is important to note that these changes would have to be approved by Congress, which already ...
An early bipartisan draft of a Senate bill to reauthorize the federal law governing career and technical education would allow the secretary of education to withhold funds from CTE programs if they fail to meet certain performance targets for two straight years. Read More
The co-owner of Ironroot Republic Distilling in Denison fears the loss of a vital export deal after the European Union, just like Mexico and Canada, included American whiskey on its long list of tariffs announced in response to President Donald Trump’s metal levies. Read More
Texas imports more steel and aluminum than any other state in the U.S., thanks to its sprawling energy sector and other industries that rely upon those metals. The state is particularly sensitive to actions that would rile Mexico and Canada, its two biggest trading partners. Read More
On May 8, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee introduced a discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The draft bill, titled the Joining Opportunity with Benefits and Services for Success (JOBS) Act, would reauthorize TANF for five years through FY 2023 ...
Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion report calls for industry-driven expansion focus coupled with detrimental cuts to workforce programs
On May 10th, the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion submitted a report with their recommendations on expanding apprenticeship in the U.S. to the President. The report includes some important recommendations focused on industry-driven strategies, but also continues a disturbing pattern of calls for cuts to vital workforce programs. Read More