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Department of Education Announces New Details on Sequestration

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March 8, 2013

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Department of Education Announces New Details on Sequestration

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new details on how they will implement reductions in Perkins funding as a result of sequestration. While we know that Perkins could be cut by a total of$ 56 million if Congress and the Administration are unable to fix the sequester, the department has now specifically outlined the amount of Perkins funding that could be cut on a state-by-state basis.

The department has said that due to certain provisions within the Perkins Act that guarantee minimal levels of funding to certain states, not all states will be cut equally. The total funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant is slated to be cut by 5 percent—along with most other domestic discretionary programs—as a result of the sequester, some states may see little to no reduction in funding while others could be cut by more than 5 percent.

It is also important to note that the cut will be applied to the Perkins allocation that will be issued to states in July for the 2013-14 school year. While many areas of the federal budget will feel the effects of the sequester right away, Congress and the Administration still have a chance to reach a balanced solution before this indiscriminate cut can do irreparable harm to essential Perkins funds.

This chart shows just how much your state stands to lose in Perkins funding as a result of sequestration. Tell Congress that it’s time to get to work on a real solution that protects funding for CTE! 

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