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
Libby Campbell hates to see people in West Texas go hungry, but that’s exactly what could happen if Congressional Republicans follow through with their plan to cut off food aid to those who miss one month of work. Read More
In a bid to create a more robust supply of career and technical education teachers, four U.S. senators are backing legislation to create a new residency program for people who want to become CTE educators. Read More
With renewal of the Higher Education Act turning into partisan grudge match, a popular career-training bill could be a straightforward accomplishment for Congress. But key lawmakers remain far apart. Read More
If Republicans in Congress have their way, millions of people who get food aid through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) will have to find a job or attend job training classes for about 20 hours each week, or lose their benefits. Read More