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A Weekly Fact Sheet on Vocational and Technical Education Issues

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Edited by Ellen Kelly-Holland

blue flag bullet Assistant Secretary's Testimony Stresses Four Main Education Principles
On Thursday, April 25, Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico presented testimony on "High School and Transition Into the Workforce" before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies. Her testimony emphasized the Administration's four key education principles, which include closing the achievement gap, focusing on what works, providing greater flexibility in the delivery of education, and providing both parents and student with options. For details, visit the website.

blue flag bullet ED to Hold Five Regional Meetings to Discuss No Child Left Behind Proposed Rules
As part of his efforts to work in partnership with state and local leaders on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced that the department will host five regional meetings to educate the public about the critical need for challenging content standards and high-quality assessments in K-12 education, and to give the public an opportunity to comment on new rules for standards, assessments and academic progress under the new law. For further information, go to http://www.ed.gov/PressReleases/04-2002/04192002.html.

blue flag bullet Change in Schedule for April/May State Telephone Conference Calls
PLEASE NOTE that the April 30, 2002, call has been cancelled because several staff members will be attending State Directors activities on that date. Those states that were scheduled for April 30, 2002, 2:00-3:00, Eastern Time will now join the May 7, 2:00-3:00, Eastern Time call.

May 2, 2:00-3:00, Eastern Time: Arizona, Guam, Louisiana, New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Virgin Islands, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, California

May 7, 2:00-3:00, Eastern Time: Alaska, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Delaware, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska

May 9, 2:00-3:00, Eastern Time: Arkansas, Hawaii, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Wyoming, New Hampshire

blue flag bullet Register for Program Quality Initiative Institute Now
There is still time to register for the Program Quality Initiative Institute in Jacksonville, FL, May 13-14, 2002. Visit the on-line registration for information: www.edcountability.net and click on Upcoming Events.

blue flag bullet Review of Papers from High School Symposium
Nine papers were presented recently at Preparing America's Future: The High School Symposium in Washington, DC addressing the challenges facing today's American high school, preparing students for high achievement and post-secondary transitions,and the role of CITE in high schools.

Each week for the next nine weeks, we will highlight key points from one of the papers presented at the Symposium. We will begin the series of reviews with highlights from The Role of Career and Technical Education in the American High School: A Student Centered Analysis by Ken Gray, Penn State University. Gray pointed out that:

  • The best role for high school CTE was judged to be the integrated career and technical education model, an occupational sequence of courses integrated with rigorous academic coursework as preparation for post-secondary pre-baccalaureate technical education or full-time employment.
  • This model ensures that no child will be left behind because it keeps at-risk children in school, provides relevant and effective education, provides elective skill-building courses.
  • Evidence suggests the model is effective in promoting academic achievement.
  • This model has the potential to alleviate shortages of pre-baccalaureate trained technicians in the nation.
  • Teens who pursue post-secondary technical education are much more likely to have completed this integrated model.
  • One out of every five high school students presently completes an integrated career and technical education program.

The views expressed in the papers do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education.
To download the entirety of this or any of the papers in MS Word, go to: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/HS/commisspap.html.

In addition, a live webcast of the symposium has been archived for viewing as a part of the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education's Professional Development Speakers Series. To view the webcast, go to:http://www.nccte.org/.

blue flag bulletCalendar of Events

  • Program Quality Initiative Institute, May 13-14, 2002, Jacksonville, FL
  • Train-the-Trainer Institute, August 8-9, 2002, Atlanta, GA

blue flag bullet Did You Know?

  • Please visit the new location for program memoranda, which provides guidance and other information issued by the Department related to the implementation of the Perkins Act.
  • In an effort to keep our office informed about any changes in contact information, title changes, address changes, email changes or telephone numbers, please submit your changes to Carole Gisele.

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