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  • August Advocacy: New Tools to Help You Promote Perkins Funding

    Congress has packed up and left Washington for a five-week recess, which runs through September 6. The annual August recess is a time when senators and representatives return home to put in some face-to-face time with constituents. However, lawmakers are leaving town this year with a lot of important policy issues still pending, including the reauthorization of both the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as well as Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding for Perkins.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 8/13/2013 4:56:38 PM

  • House Delays Action on Perkins Funding Bill

    The House Appropriations Committee has announced that they will postpone the markup—the committee hearing where a bill is debated and amended—of the House Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which includes funding for Perkins. We reported earlier this week that the committee markup is one step in the long path toward a final FY 2014 funding amount for Perkins. The committee has not announced Information on the rescheduling of the markup and has not released the text of Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, which was reportedly almost complete.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/26/2013 4:46:18 PM

  • Take Action: House Takes up Perkins Funding Bill This Week

    This week, the House Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which will include funding for Perkins! Federal support for CTE is far below what is necessary to meet the needs of local CTE programs and the students they serve. Since 2010, Perkins funding has been reduced by over $100 million, with the threat of further cuts through sequestration for the 2013-14 school year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/26/2013 4:43:33 PM

  • CTE Receives Boost in Senate Funding Bill

    Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. As we reported earlier this week, the bill was given the green light from the appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday and it is now ready to proceed to the Senate floor for a vote there. Thanks to the efforts of the entire CTE community, the committee approved a $1.1 billion funding level for Perkins! The across-the-board sequester cut caused a $58 million reduction in Perkins for FY 2013, resulting in less funding for high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, and millions of CTE students nationwide beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Thursday’s vote marked a big step toward restoring this cut!

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/15/2013 2:58:47 PM

  • Perkins Funding Bill Passes First Hurdle in Senate

    Yesterday, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 appropriations bill. While the individual allocation for Perkins will not be officially announced until the bill is taken up by the full appropriations committee on Thursday, it included an overall increase for the Department of Education of $1.4 billion. The bill also seeks to address the effects of sequestration, which has resulted in an across-the-board cut to most discretionary programs, including a $58 million reduction in Perkins funding for the 2013-14 school year.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/11/2013 12:47:30 PM

  • Take Action: Senate Acting on Perkins Funding Bill This Week

    This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which will include funding for Perkins! Federal support for CTE is far below what is necessary to meet the needs of local CTE programs and the students they serve. Since 2010, Perkins funding has been reduced by over $100 million, with the threat of further cuts through sequestration for the 2013-14 school year. The erosion of Perkins has negatively impacted high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:09:04 PM

  • ACTE Signs on to Letter Showing Support for ConnectED

    ACTE, along with various other organizations, recently sent out a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voicing  support for the Obama  Administration’s new ConnectED initiative. They expressed concern about the 20 percent of students who graduate late or drop out entirely and the need to decrease that number in order to keep America competitive in the global marketplace. The plans would help to expand the school systems current internet capabilities, bringing student learning into the digital age.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 7/9/2013 10:04:00 PM

  • Senate Sets Higher Funding Level for Education

    Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding level, known as a 302(b) allocation, for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. From the $165 billion total, the committee will now divide up funding for individual programs like Perkins.

    Posted by Application Administrator at 6/28/2013 9:07:57 PM

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