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
President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen existing work requirements and introduce new ones for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare as part of a broad overhaul of government assistance programs. Read More</a
Texas manufacturers said the Trump Administration's steel tariffs will raise their costs, prompting higher prices for customers of fabricated metal products and creating uncertainty for the business this year, according to a Dallas Fed survey. Read More
The $1.3 trillion omnibus reflects the increased spending levels for both defense and non-defense programs agreed to as part of recent legislation lifting the budget “caps” for federal discretionary spending, and includes some critical boosts in funding for key education and workforce development programs. Read More
The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and National League of Cities (NLC) recently sent a letter to Congress objecting to language related to local area designation under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in President Trump’s FY 2019 budget proposal. The language would ...
It is being widely reported that one of the Secretary’s many proposed changes is to merge the current Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education with the Office of Postsecondary Education in a new “Office of Postsecondary and Lifelong Learning.” Read More
With the seventh round of negotiations between the United States, Canada and Mexico to update the North American Free Trade Agreement quickly approaching, it’s critical to keep in mind how NAFTA helps businesses, workers, farmers and ranchers, like myself, throughout Texas and across the United States each and every day....
While there is much discussion on the merits of such incentives and other elements of the plan, the portion of most interest to the CTE community is the workforce development component. Unfortunately, no funding was designated for this portion of the plan. Read More
A Senate committee that is preparing to rework the nation’s main higher education law focused on competency-based education (CBE) at a hearing Thursday where it explored innovative programs designed to serve a growing number of nontraditional college students. Read More