Scott Stump was confirmed by a vote of 85-0 to be the next Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). ACTE, a national partner of COABE, had endorsed Stump's nomination, and following the confirmation, released a joint statement with Advance CTE applauding the bipartisan support he received.
In remarks prior to the vote, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, stated that "Mr. Stump's resume shows he is a nominee qualified for this position." Following the confirmation, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) tweeted that Stump "is the right person to implement Perkins CTE at the national level."
Secretary DeVos also tweeted that she was "thrilled to welcome Scott Stump to [the Department of Education]." Noting his "qualifications & wealth of experience," she said that "[his] leadership will be critical as we work to expand the ed pathways available to all students throughout their lifelong learning journeys."
The confirmation comes on the heels of proposals from the Department of Education (ED) to consolidate OCTAE into a primarily postsecondary office. ACTE strongly opposes the proposal and helped circulate a letter signed by 25 organizations opposing the move. The Trump Administration also recently proposed merging ED with the Department of Labor.