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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 DVTE Conducts On-Site Monitoring Review in Illinois

The DVTE monitoring team conducted an on-site monitoring review in Illinois during the week of January 14th. This was the first time since the advent of the Perkins III legislation that the team had a full reviewer to focus on program accountability, an element of the review process that will continue for the remainder of the reviews scheduled for this year.

While these monitoring visits concentrate on the state delivery system of vocational education, certain areas of the review raise concerns for the administration of vocational education on a national scale. For instance, Illinois, like many other states, is facing budgetary constraints and will see a reduction in available funds for vocational education being appropriated by its state legislature. This could potentially result in future maintenance of effort problems, coupled with a decline in the levels of non-Federal match funds for state administration. The Illinois situation, duplicated in a number of states, will undoubtedly have future policy implications for the future reauthorization of vocational education legislation.

The next state scheduled for an on-site monitoring visit will be California during the month of March.

blue flag bullet PCRN Chat Transcript Available

A transcript of the Peer Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) chat held January 24 is currently available in the chat room at www.edcountability.net The topic discussed by states was surveys and administrative record exchanges for accountability data collection and reporting. Materials and additional comments can be exchanged on the Message Board. This topic will continue through February.

blue flag bullet Mark Your Calendars!

OVAE is hosting a peer-to-peer conference call on February 12, 3:00 p.m. EST to discuss data quality issues in administrative record exchange. Featured guests include Maria Cavalito from WRIS and Jay Pfeiffer from the Florida Department of Education. The agenda and call-in number can be found online under News and Headlines.

blue flag bullet ACRN Regional Conference Calls - February 5, 6, and 7

The following ACRN conference calls have been scheduled to discuss the upcoming spring meeting:

  • Tuesday, February 5 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
    ACRNA Regions I and II (NE and East)
    CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, NY, NJ, DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV, PR, VI
  • Wednesday, February 6 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
    ACRNA Regions III and IV (SE and Midwest)
    AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, LA, IL, IN, MN, OH, WI, ND, SD, IA
  • Thursday, February 7 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern Time
    ACRNA Regions V and VI (SW and West)
    TX, AR, OK, NM, KS, MO, NE, AK, ID, WA, OR, HI, NV, CA, CO, UT, MT, WY, AZ, AS, FM, GU, MH, MP, Palau

ACRN Project Directors have received a more detailed memo concerning the conference calls. Please email Jennifer Graban to confirm that you will or will not be participating.

blue flag bullet Second National WIB Survey Report Available Now

The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and the National Leadership Institute have released the results of their second survey of Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) nationwide. The survey, conducted by the staff at the Center for Survey Research Analysis at the University of Connecticut, asked state and local WIB chairs and directors about a wide range of concerns including their training needs, their strategic planning efforts, and perceptions about the actions of their WIBs. Information was compiled from 67% of state boards and from 63% of local WIBs. The survey is available on their website as a PDF document.

blue flag bullet National Commission on the High School Senior Year

For those of you who have not yet looked at the work done by the National Commission on the High School Senior Year, visit their website. The final report is also available online (as a PDF document).

blue flag bullet Calendar of Events

  • A Call for Renaissance in Career and Technical Teacher Education, February 6-9, 2002, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 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?

  • All guidance and other information issued by the Department related to the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-332) is being posted on this website at a regular basis.
  • In an effort to keep our office informed about any changes in contact information, title changes, address changes, email changes or telephone numbers, please email your changes to Carole Gisriel.

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