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CTE Receives Boost in Senate Funding Bill

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July 12, 2013

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CTE Receives Boost in Senate Funding Bil

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!

In addition to funding the Perkins state grants, the bill also included a $5 million increase for CTE national programs that will be used to help establish or expand dual enrollment programs that support CTE career pathways and targets local workforce needs. This increase in CTE national programs will be combined with an additional $17 million in funding for higher education to create a competitive grant program that would award funds to partnerships of institutions of higher education, LEAs that operate high-need public schools or adult education providers as well as state and local agencies responsible for secondary and adult education and workforce training. The funds will be used to provide students services  including tutoring, assistance completing financial aid applications and selecting courses, mentoring, career counseling, and assistance transferring from two-year to four-year institutions of higher education.  The funds will also support tuition, fees and supplies for low-income students enrolled in dual enrollment programs. It’s specifically directed toward students without a high school diploma who previously qualified for Pell grants under the “Ability to Benefit” provision of the Higher Education Act that was eliminated in 2012.

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