NAPE Public Policy Update
House Committee and OCTAE Staff Departures
This week, NAPE Senior Policy Advisor Lisa R. Ransom attended events to say farewell to Denise Forte, who is leaving her position as Staff Director (Minority) of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Kim Ford, who is leaving her position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at USDOE.

Denise Forte (L) and Lisa Ransom (R)
Kim Ford (L) and Lisa Ransom (R)
Murray, Senators Demand DeVos Enforce Civil Rights Laws in Schools as Incidents of Harassment, Bullying, and Racism Are on the Rise Following President Trump's Election
(Courtesy of the Senate HELP Committee)
Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, nine Members of the Senate HELP Committee sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to address the dramatic increase in reports of harassment, bullying and intimidation in schools since the election of President Trump.
U.S. Department of Education Could Scale Back Help on Loans
(Courtesy of PBS News Hour/Education)
The Education Department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, according to department officials, abandoning the Obama administration's policy of erasing that debt. Under President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by now-defunct for-profit schools had over $550 million in such loans canceled. But President Donald Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is working on a plan that could grant such students just partial relief, according to department officials. The department may look at the average earnings of students in similar programs and schools to determine how much debt to wipe away. Read more >>

U.S. Department of Labor Names Apprenticeship Task Force Members
(Courtesy of Advance CTE)
On October 16, U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta announced the members who will serve on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. Members include representatives from education, business, industry and labor. The Task Force was one of the components outlined in the Executive Order, "Expanding Apprenticeship in America," that President Trump signed in June.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Proposed Competitive Grant Priorities
(Courtesy of Advance CTE)
On October 12, the U.S. Department of Education announced the proposed priorities for awarding competitive grants. USDoE has asked the public to weigh in on these priorities through a 30-day public comment process and will later announce the finalized priorities, which may be used to award competitive grants going forward.

Trump Administration Will Keep Up Civil Rights Data Collection
(Courtesy of Benjamin Wermund with help from Mel Leonor and Kimberly Hefling)
The Education Department has made clear that the Office for Civil Rights plans to keep polling the nation's schools on a slew of issues, including discipline, bullying and access to courses and resources-assuaging fears of civil rights groups that the Trump administration may roll back what they see as crucial data collection efforts. Read more >>
Community and technical college presidents, administrators, student support staff, and faculty are invited to participate in the third national convening of minority-serving community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education. The event will take place on November 14 and 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C

Please join Future Ready Schools® (FRS) for a webinar that is part of its Leadership Hub, "Tear Down the Walls to Create Anytime, Anywhere Learning."
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Nominations Are Being Accepted for Advance CTE's 2018 Excellence in Action Award
Do you think you have one of the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study in the nation? Apply for the 2018 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your students, instructors and faculty at the national level. In its 5th year, this award honors programs across the 16 Career Clusters that exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success.