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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** THIS WEEK: Examining Career and Technical Education and Taking Action to Protect Local Businesses

The House Education and the Workforce Committee this week will continue its efforts to promote a competitive workforce by examining reforms to improve career and technical education and considering legislation to protect small businesses from bureaucratic overreach.

On Tuesday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, “Improving Career and Technical Education to Help Students Succeed in the Workforce.” The hearing will take place in room 2261 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Last reauthorized in 2006, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act provides states with federal funding for programs designed to prepare students in technical careers. Since the law expired in 2012, state and local educators have highlighted the importance of developing and implementing programs that best meet student and industry needs. Tomorrow's hearing will provide members with an opportunity to learn about the current challenges facing students entering into today’s workforce and ways to improve these programs to ensure students have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed.

On Wednesday, October 28 at 10:00 a.m., the full committee, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a markup of H.R 3459, the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act. The markup will take place in room HVC-210 in the Capitol Visitor Center.

In a case known as Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), the National Labor Relations Board expanded its joint employer standard to include employers who have “indirect control” or the “potential” to control employment conditions. The board’s decision overturned years of settled labor policy and blurred the lines of responsibility for decisions affecting the daily operations of businesses across the country. Concerns have been raised that the decision will lead to higher costs for consumers, fewer jobs for workers, and less opportunity for individuals to own a small business. The Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act would protect small businesses by rolling back the board’s harmful decision and restoring policies that have worked well for decades.

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