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Bipartisan Group in the House Supports FY 14 Perkins Funding

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Bipartisan Group in the House Supports FY 14 Perkins Funding

 

ACTE applauds the 63 members of the House of Representatives who have expressed their support for funding CTE. In a bipartisan letter to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus, and their colleagues have urged the subcommittee to provide essential federal funds for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) in the FY 2014 appropriations bill.

The letter describes the critical role that Perkins plays in supporting CTE and the importance of high-quality CTE programs for students, employers and the economy. “Funding for Perkins provides high school students with transferable skills that allow them to be college- and career-ready, and addresses the skills gap by providing the retraining adults need to access the jobs that are available in today’s market,” wrote this bipartisan group of House members.

The House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee is tasked with writing a bill that will provide funding for Perkins and other education and job training programs in the coming fiscal year. It is important that all Members of Congress understand that funding for Perkins is an investment in a highly skilled and globally competitive workforce. We urge the appropriations subcommittee to follow the recommendation of this bipartisan group in the House by providing a strong investment in CTE.

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