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Policy Seminar Speakers Say Voc Ed Needs New Legislation

Magazine article Techniques

Policy Seminar Speakers Say Voc Ed Needs New Legislation

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Vocational-technical education needs new authorizing legislation, increased federal funding and continued vocal advocacy on its behalf, according to speakers at the American Vocational Association's annual National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Several speakers at the late-March event stressed the need for immediate action on the Senate's proposed Workforce Investment Partnership Act (S. 1186), reauthorizing legislation that combines vocational education with job training and adult education programs. Jon Weintraub, a policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational and Adult Education, said if the Senate fails to act soon, the legislation might be dead for this year and several years to come.

The Senate headed into its two-week spring recess without acting on the workforce bill, but during NPS vocational educators met directly with high-level senators and their staffs, making "significant progress" toward passing new legislation, according to Nancy O'Brien, AVA's assistant executive director for government relations. She remained hopeful the bill would be considered soon after the Senate returns. …

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