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Kline, Foxx Statement on Final WIOA Guidance

House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today issued the following joint statement regarding the Departments of Education and Labor’s final regulatory policies to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was an important bipartisan achievement that will put more Americans back to work. Through a number of common...

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Federal Judge Halts Partisan Persuader Ploy

WARNING: Content may be troubling for those who support the Department of Labor’s latest assault on the rights of workers and employers. Just months after the Obama administration finalized an extreme and partisan rule that will boost Big Labor at the expense of America’s workers and employers, a federal judge has blocked enforcement of the new regulatory scheme. Following an earlier decision by a Minnesota judge who declared the department's "persuader" rule was "likely invalid," Texas District...

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Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

Led by Republican and Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, policymakers today introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and will help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. “The imp...

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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Young adults face a job market vastly different than the one that existed a generation ago. Technological advances and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs available, making quality education and training vital to competing in today’s workplaces. That’s why Congress has enacted reforms in recent years to improve K-12 education and modernize the workforce development system. But more can be done to help equip all Americans with the tools they need...

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State and Local Ed Leaders: Department’s Actions Threaten Positive K-12 Reforms

The Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), today held a hearing to examine the Department of Education’s steps to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The committee heard from Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., as well as state and local leaders who echoed members’ concerns regarding the department’s accountability and “supplement, not supplant” proposals. “We are raising these concerns because it’s vitally important for the laws written b...

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Kline Statement on Hearing with Secretary of Education King

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement after Secretary of Education John King concluded his testimony addressing implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act: The Every Student Succeeds Act is based on the principle that state and local leaders can run their K-12 schools better than Washington bureaucrats. The law represents the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to provide every child in every school an exc...

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Kline Statement: Hearing on “Next Steps in K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act”

Welcome back, Secretary King, and thank you for joining us. When we last met, the process for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act was just getting underway. We had a healthy discussion about the bipartisan reforms Congress passed and the president signed into law. Those reforms are designed to restore state and local control over K-12 schools. That’s not just my own personal view. It’s the view held by governors, state lawmakers, teachers, parents, principals, and superintendents who rec...

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