Ask Senators to Sign FY 2014 Perkins Funding Letter
Ask Senators to Sign FY 2014 Perkins
This week, senators who support CTE have
the opportunity to sign on to a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee
urging a strong federal investment in Perkins for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This
effort is being led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) who is asking his Senate
colleagues to join him in requesting a restoration of federal funding for
The Perkins FY 2011 allocation was
reduced by $140 million, with additional reductions occurring in FY 2012. As a
result of sequestration, Perkins will be further reduced by $56 million in FY
2013. Dozens of states are currently receiving funding allocations at or near the
level they received in 1998. The erosion of Perkins has hurt high schools, CTE
centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE
students nationwide. The letter requests that Senate appropriators restore
funding for Perkins Basic State Grant to $1.1 billion, equivalent to the FY
2012 level, in their FY 2014 appropriations bill.
We need as many senators as possible
to sign on to the letter to ensure that the Appropriations Committee recognizes
the importance of restoring Perkins funds. Please take five minutes to help us
in this effort. Contact you senators and urge them to sign on to this letter.
- Find the contact information for your senators at our ACTE Action Center and click on the “directory” tab. You can also reach your senators by calling the U.S. Capitol
switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- Call your senators and ask to speak to the education staff
member; if unavailable, leave a message.
- Ask your senator to support funding for CTE by signing the
FY 2014 Perkins appropriations letter being circulated by Sen. Blumenthal.
- Tell them that they can sign on to the letter by contacting
Sen. Blumenthal’s office.
- Thank the staff for his or her time and support.
Tell Congress that it is time to
make investing in CTE a top priority!