ACTE Expresses Disappointment in Response To Obama Administration’s Budget For Fiscal Year 2015
March 4, 2014
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) expressed concerns today regarding the Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2015, which provides inadequate funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs.
“The Obama Administration’s budget request does nothing to build the federal investment in CTE. Current Perkins funding levels are inadequate to prepare the nearly 12 million students enrolled in CTE programs for 21st century careers,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “It is concerning that the President continues to express his commitment to equitably providing opportunity for future generations by building a strong American workforce, but has not yet fulfilled that commitment by allocating adequate resources to CTE programs with a proven record of success, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”
The Perkins Act is the primary source of federal support for CTE, delivered at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, and is a critical investment in developing a highly qualified, globally competitive American workforce. CTE programs utilize Perkins funding to provide students with the knowledge and skills that are essential for success in high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers. Continued inadequacies in state Perkins funding, which is proposed at $5 million below pre-sequester levels and over $140 million below FY 2010 levels, negatively impact high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide.
Though the Administration’s budget does create several new programs that could provide students with education opportunities, including high school redesign grants, Skills Challenge Grants and the First in the World Fund, the scarce resources provided to education would be better directed toward proven programs that have already demonstrated success, rather than untested and unproven alternatives.
CTE is working with business and industry partners to help fill positions that are available today while preparing a qualified workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. Without the necessary resources, many effective education and employment training opportunities will disappear. In order to meet the needs of students, educators and employers, Congress must make investing in CTE a top priority.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.