A 'catastrophe' is coming for the economy, but it's not recession or inflation, says Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh
Amid one of the tightest labor markets in history, Walsh said the political parties' approach to immigration — "getting immigration all tied up" — is among the most consequential mistakes the nation can make in labor policy.

‘Appalling and unacceptable’: Texas students struggle, test results reveal widespread loss
The nation’s report card outlines steep drops in math, smaller dips in reading.

Texas Employment Numbers Continue to Set Records in September, Unemployment Ticks Down
State doubles the previous month’s job gains.

ACT Scores Fall to Lowest Level In 30 Years
Exam-takers averaged 19.8 out of a possible 36 points on the college admissions test, the first time since 1991 nationwide results dipped below 20

Texas commission recommends tying community colleges’ state funding to their performance
State higher education leaders are pushing for the changes as community colleges face greater workforce demands and financial pressures. The commission’s report now goes to lawmakers, who are expected to file legislation on the matter next session.

The application for Biden's student loan relief is open. Here's what to know about it.
A beta version of President Biden's student loan forgiveness application is now open — the first time borrowers have been able to apply for up to $20,000 in debt cancellation.

Can the Department of Labor Strengthen the Nation's Workforce Development Infrastructure? Yes, WIOA Can!
Unprecedented federal investments in infrastructure, clean energy, manufacturing and technology are poised to improve life for individuals and families across America. Many have asked, will we have a trained workforce available to do all of this?

TWC Continues Support for Expansion of Quality Child Care Providers in Texas
Additional funds will provide opportunities to increase the number of child care providers and support participation in Texas Rising Star.

Here’s what Texas voters agree on
To ensure students are prepared for the future workforce, 90% of Texas voters said it was important to increase the number of credentials earned while students are still in high school. And 81% supported policies that would improve our community college finance system by better aligning funding to in-demand career fields and post-graduation wages.

1 in 5 new Texas teachers were hired without certification last year
Schools are leaning on uncertified educators as they grapple with vacancies.

Colleges would be required to be more transparent about transfer rules under new bill from U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro
The Transparency for Transfer Students Act would require all U.S. colleges and universities to post on their websites more details about their transfer policies to help more students complete degrees.

ApprenticeshipTexas Conference Connects Employers with Apprenticeship Resources to Strengthen Economy
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) conducted the sixth annual ApprenticeshipTexas Conference to connect employers, workforce development professionals, and educational institutions with the latest information and resources available to build and grow apprenticeship programs that strengthen the Texas workforce.

If We’re Serious About Apprenticeship, We Should Start Funding It
What is an apprenticeship intermediary? According to Urban Institute, they’re “nonprofit or for-profit organizations, including government agencies, community colleges or high schools, and small and large businesses that play a critical connecting role between other organizations and systems to advance the design, registration, and implementation of apprenticeship programs.”

Texas Continues Streak of Record-Setting Employment, Adds 16,400 Jobs in August
State added 726,900 jobs since August 2021.

“Texas Rising Star” Quality Rating Program Participation Becomes Requirement for TWC Child Care Providers
Texas Workforce Commission announces timeline for providers that provide state-funded Child Care Services.

Texas needs to revamp community colleges. Here’s what may be needed.
A commission recommends lawmakers completely overhaul Texas’ funding system for community colleges.

Texas is among worst states in U.S. for workers, study finds
The Lone Star State fared poorly in all three categories: wages, worker protections and organizing rights.

Teacher shortages are real, but not for the reason you heard
Certainly, many schools have struggled to find enough educators. But the challenges are related more to hiring, especially for non-teaching staff positions.

Politics and pandemic are driving Texas teachers to consider quitting, survey finds
An online survey of 1,291 teachers by the Charles Butt Foundation shows more teacher dissatisfaction as Texas school districts scramble to attract talent.

High-poverty schools struggle to earn Texas’ highest rating. Some in the Rio Grande Valley break that trend.
The Texas Education Agency has dismissed the notion that the accountability ratings are a poverty rating. As evidence, they point to districts like those in the Rio Grande Valley, which have achieved high marks while serving a high number of economically disadvantaged students.

San Antonio’s Ready to Work jobs training program gets the national attention leaders have sought
The hype around the $200 million program aiming to put thousands of low-income residents into better-paying jobs was on display Monday as U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh toured training facilities at St. Philip’s College.