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more resources to promising CTE
programs, as well as those that are
well-aligned with workforce needs.
As with ESSA, the bill would do
away with increasing long-term
performance targets for states' CTE
programs, which many came to see
as similar to the much-maligned
measure of adequate yearly progress under the law's predecessor, the
No Child Left Behind Act.
As evidence of the House bill's bipartisan structure, many elements
of the Obama administration's 2012
blueprint for revamping career and
technical education are incorporated into how it would handle an
innovation-grant program, said Steve
Voytek, the government-relations
manager at Advance CTE, a group of
This program would help bring
innovative and successful CTE programs to scale, with local matching
money required to supplement the
federal aid. It would also place a
priority on programs that serve students from low-income backgrounds.
Political Fight Looms
But it's unclear what will happen
with respect to the Senate reauthorization bill now that the education
committee in that chamber has put
the brakes on publicly discussing it
and possibly voting on it.
Democrats zeroed in on language
in the GOP-backed bill that would
place numerous prohibitions on the
education secretary. It would prevent the secretary, when considering
and approving states' Perkins plans,
from prescribing the targets for
states' CTE programs as a condition
of approval, the progress expected
from certain groups of students,
and any specific CTE accountability
indicators, among other restrictions.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.,
the Senate education committee
chairman, has been battling the U.S.
Department of Education for some
time over its power under ESSA, especially with respect to regulations
governing accountability and federal
That fight could undo the productive bipartisan work that's gotten
Perkins reauthorization quite a long
way this session of Congress, said
Sasha Pudelski, an assistant director
for policy and advocacy at AASA, the
School Superintendents Association.
"I'm concerned that politics in the
Senate will get the better of policy,"
The Senate bill also would put
more extensive requirements on the
use of Perkins funds than the House
legislation, according to advocates.
But unlike in previous years when
only education advocates were truly
focused on getting Perkins reauthorized, other groups have started investing political capital in the effort,
Voytek said. That's why he remains
"You've seen a massive growth
in interest from other stakeholder
groups in the private sector, particularly really big employers, that have
been really interested in seeing Perkins reauthorization get done this
year," Voytek said.
Anne Holton, the wife of the
Democratic vice presidential
nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine
TION of Virginia, has been
out on the campaign
in her own right.
As a former secretary
of education in the state (a
position, different from state
chief, that serves as an adviser
to the governor), she has been an
education ambassador for Hillary
Clinton's presidential campaign.
Holton says her interest in public
education began when she and
her siblings helped desegregate
schools in Richmond, Va., in the
1970s as part of a push by her
father, then-Gov. A. Linwood
Holton, a Republican, to change
race relations in the state.
Education Week Assistant Editor
Alyson Klein recently spoke with
Anne Holton. The transcript has
been edited for brevity and clarity.
Talk about your experiences as a
child, attending integrated schools
as the governor's daughter.
With ANNE HOLTON, wife of
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the
It was an important time for me and all my siblings
in our lives. I was 12 years old. We had just moved into
the governor's mansion in January of that year ,
and Dad had declared in his inaugural address that
he wanted to make Virginia a model of race relations.
Obviously, as a Southern governor at that time,
that was a departure from the role other Southern
governors had [taken on.] Just six, seven months later,
the courts issued their orders that we were [already]
following when we went to the school that we went to.
We went to formerly all-African-American schools, and
they stayed mostly all-African-American, frankly, in
those years because so many of the [white] folks that
were assigned there found other alternatives.
It was a memorable, it was a great experience. On
the one hand, it was being part of history. We did get a
lot of attention. There was a very famous picture of my
Dad taking my sister to the high school. My mother
took my brother and me to the middle school, and we
didn't get quite as much attention, and we laughed
about it at the time. But we all understood as a family
that we were having an opportunity to be part of
something larger than ourselves. We got letters from
around the world from people supportive of it. There
were [also] protests outside the mansion. There was
plenty of opposition, but we heard more of the positive.
As a 12-year-old to have an opportunity to be part of
something larger than yourself, that advances the ball
for the world, was a very special opportunity.
Going to school, the experience part was more like
being any other 12-year-old. You know, [you've] got the
math homework, and how's our basketball team going
to do. And you know, making friends. I will say it was my
first experience-I was from a very comfortable middleclass background-being with people who came from a
much-different economic background. It was absolutely
my first experience being with a lot of people of color.
But learning the similarities and differences, it was a
fascinating time for all of us.
Were you able to make friends? Did you notice
inequities between the school you'd attended
before and your new school?
I don't remember the inequities between the schools.
I was 12, I may not have noticed. But I do remember
[other] inequities. One of my very close friends lived
in a housing project, and when she would come over to
play with me at the mansion, that was a
different experience than when I went to
play with her at her house. I remember
a lot of our friends at school really
valued that hot school lunch that we had
growing up. We'd always kind of turned
our noses up at that, the school lunch
food. So I was real aware of the economic
You sent your own children to those same
integrated schools in Richmond. What was their
experience like? How did it compare with yours?
Our kids got a great education. ... They all went on
to great colleges and were well-prepared for their great
colleges. They also got life experiences that kids that went
to more homogenous school districts did not get.
Resegregation is obviously an issue that's popped
up nationally. What do you think that a potential
Clinton/Kaine administration could do to help
schools become more integrated across the
Well, I think the first step is acknowledging the
problem. ... I do think there's been some progress in
some communities. One of the ironies for me in my
area is the Richmond city schools that we helped to
integrate are probably not much more integrated now
than they were then. ... But some of our surrounding
county schools now have robust diverse communities.
... The data certainly shows that across the nation, we
are, if not all the way back, close to all the way back to
where we were before desegregation, which is just very
painful. And so the first thing is calling it out. And yes,
I think there is a federal role, starting with the bully
pulpit. ... I also think there is a federal role if you put it
in the larger context of equity issues: How are we going
to address larger equity issues, both in school and out?
One of the ironies
for me in my area
is the Richmond
that we helped
[in the 1970s]
are not much
now than they
Former Virginia secretary
of education and wife
of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va.,
Can you talk a little more about what kinds of
concrete steps a Clinton/Kaine administration
might take on that?
I'm very excited about that. First of all, the larger
economy proposals that Hillary has laid out will have
an absolute direct impact on schools. ... If we raise the
minimum wage, that's huge; we're tackling poverty at
its source. ...
The anti-poverty strategy is a very strong part of the
school equity agenda. More specifically, within the pre-K12 world, Hillary has very strong proposals to make sure
high-quality pre-K is available to everyone regardless
of their ZIP code, regardless of their ability to pay. ...
Hillary [has] proposals for significant new investments
in ... Early Head Start, child care. These are things she's
cared about forever.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - October 5, 2016
Dallas Expands Choices With Single-Gender Schools
Indiana’s Testing Woes Fuel Electoral Battles
New Teachers Make Significant Segment of Profession
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High Court Again Takes School Cases
News in Brief
2016 Sat Results: Slight Dips and Lots of Complications
New Data Tool Allows City-by- City Schooling Comparisons
Hunt Is on for Clues to Students’ Test-Taking Strategies
Shorter Grade Spans Are Linked to More Bullying, Study Finds
New Group to Push for Sel in Schools
Digital Directions: Fedex Targeted in Open Educational Resources Lawsuit
Storm Clouds Loom Over Push for Ed-Tech Law’s Renewal
Appraising Trump School Choice, Child-Care Plans
Personal Lens: A Vp Nominee’s Spouse on Education
Nevada High Court Deals Blow to School Choice Program
Jessica Sager: The Empathy Gap and How to Fill It
Dara Barlin: Trust: The Missing Ingredient in School Improvement
Topschooljobs Recruitment Marketplace
Voices: Having the Difficult Race-Bias Conversation
Kaya Henderson: 5 Lessons From an Outgoing Chancellor
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