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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 Incentive Grant Funding Application Information Available
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued information to inform the workforce investment system about the procedures states should follow to apply for WIA Section 503 Incentive Grants. States that are eligible for incentive grant awards have 45 days from the May 2, 2002, Federal Register Notice to submit their applications for these awards. You can find the May 2 Federal Register notice on the web at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/.

Incentive Funding Availability for Program 2000 Performance can be found in the Federal Register in either a text file or PDF version:
(Text version) http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/

Incentive Funding Availability for Program 2000 Performance - Federal Register (PDF version):

blue flag bulletFY 2002 Budget Submissions
On April 11, 2002, the Division of Vocational and Technical Education (DVTE) issued a program memorandum showing final state allotments for the upcoming Perkins Basic grant and Tech Prep grant. Important points in the memorandum include:

  • A request that states submit budgets to their State Liaisons with a copy to Andrew Johnson as soon as possible. His e-mail address is: Andrew.Johnson@ed.gov. Thanks to those states that have already submitted budgets.
  • A notification to states that have not yet submitted budgets yet to do so electronically as soon as possible.

It is important to have the budget reviewed and approved to ensure the timely disbursement of grant awards on July 1.

blue flag bulletMemo Provides Guidance for Revision in State Performance Levels
State Directors of Vocational and Adult Education received Program Memorandum FY2002-01 dated April 25, 2002, from Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Muller. This memorandum provides guidance for revisions in state performance levels for vocational and adult education. It is not anticipated that many states will be requesting revisions prior to next year; however, there is flexibility if the state meets the specified conditions. If you have any questions regarding the memorandum, please contact your DVTE State Liaison.

blue flag bulletNew Information Quality Guidelines Published by ED
At the State Director's meeting on Tuesday, April 30, an announcement was made about the Department's new publication, Information Quality Guidelines. The Guidelines were developed in response to section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 which requires all Federal agencies covered by the Paperwork Reduction Act to issue guidelines by October 1, 2002. These guidelines are to be issued for the purpose of "ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by the agency." (Public Law 106-554). The Guidelines and an invitation to comment can be found at: www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/iq/iqg_4.html.

blue flag bulletHighlights from High School Symposium Paper
Each week Perkins, Education, and Technology will provide highlights from one of the nine papers presented last April at the Preparing America's Future High School Symposium.

This week the focus is on a paper authored and presented by Chester E. Finn, Jr., a Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and President of the Fordham Foundation, What Ails U.S. High Schools? How Should They Be Reformed? Is There a Federal Role? Mr. Finn makes the following point:

  • What ails American high schools are: Mission Confusion, Remediation, Scale, Pupil Motivation, Obsolete Notions of Teaching and Learning, Changing Lives and Career Patterns, and Proliferation of Rival Providers.
  • Standards-based reform has scarcely touched America's high schools.
  • High schools are a stepchild of Federal policy.
  • Some worthy efforts to rejuvenate the American high school have been made, but there is no shape or direction to them.
  • America needs to decide what it wants from young adults.
  • There are two options: 1) Scale back expectations of high schools and concentrate on academics; 2) Re-engineer high schools.
  • A number of possibilities are suggested on how federal policies might contribute to solutions.

The views expressed in the papers do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education. To find the Finn paper in its entirety plus the other eight papers that were presented, visit OVAE's website.

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, visit their website.

blue flag bulletAmerica's Career Resource Network (ACRN)
A new career development resource is available for parents to use in assisting their children in career decision making: Parenting and Career Development by Sandra Kerka, 2000, is available at the ERIC Clearinghouse for Adult, Career and Vocational Education. It addresses the role of parenting styles, family functioning and career development, the relational context of career development, and implications of these findings for career counselors and career educators. You can find it at http://ericacve.org.

There are several other articles there that may assist you in developing your resources for educators, administrators, parents, and students as well.

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 bulletDid 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 Gisriel.

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