What’s Up in Washington? Join AACTE’s Federal Update Webinar

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The clock is ticking on what appears to be an imminent federal government shutdown, unless a last-minute deal is struck on a short-term funding solution (continuing resolution) through either next week or February 16. Republicans and Democrats are facing off on numerous issues.

What’s causing this logjam? Challenges range from settling on a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, increasing defense spending, deferring some healthcare tax provisions, extending the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and raising spending caps (aka “a budget deal”). What’s also coming in February is the need to raise the debt ceiling. Looking forward, we could see more action on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act through the spring.

What does all this mean for educator preparation? Join one of our member-exclusive Federal Update webinars this month to learn more about what has unfolded, what’s to come, and how you might impact the process:

If you’re unable to join a live broadcast, a recording of the webinar is made available on AACTE’s Resource Library within a week.

Programming note: There will not be a February Federal Update webinar. Instead, it will be presented live and in person at AACTE’s 70th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland! As with the webinars, two “Washington Update” sessions will be available for you to attend and ask questions. There will also be an opportunity to hone your advocacy skills by participating in an advocacy “speed dating” session, where you will have the chance to participate in up to four strategy roundtables with seasoned advocates.

But don’t wait! Register today for the free January Federal Update webinar and for AACTE’s Annual Meeting – with discounted registration rates available through February 2.

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Zachary VanHouten

Manager of Programs and Advocacy, AACTE