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New Tools to Fight Cuts

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May 31, 2013

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New Tools to Fight Cuts

Federal funding for CTE has been cut by over $100 million since Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. This staggering total could soon grow an additional $58 million in FY 2013 as a result of Congress and the Administration’s inability to fix the reckless, across-the-board sequester. This cut will impact the Perkins state allocations in July, and will result in less funding for CTE programs in 2013-14 school year!

ACTE is working in conjunction with NDD United, a national coalition of organizations representing the fields of medical research, healthcare, national defense, education and job training among others, to educate policymakers about the negative consequences of cutting federal investments for domestic discretionary programs, like Perkins.

Complex and obscure budget issues often conceal the real impact of cutting funding for essential programs and the repercussions that these cuts have for real people. To help unpack the complexities of budget cuts and sequestration, NDD United has created this video and online toolkit

Now is your opportunity to share your story with policymakers. Let them know how these cuts will hurt schools, students and communities!

TAKE ACTION: 

  • Find your Members of Congress 
  • Share your thoughts with them on Twitter (include hashtags #CareerTechEd and #NoMoreCuts) 
  • Write a message on their Facebook wall 
  • Call their office directly (also reach them through the Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121) 
  • Or send them an e-mail through the ACTE Action Center

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