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August Advocacy: New Tools to Help You Promote Perkins Funding

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August 9, 2013

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August Advocacy: New Tools to Help You Promote Perkins Funding

Congress has packed up and left Washington for a five-week recess, which runs through September 6. The annual August recess is a time when senators and representatives return home to put in some face-to-face time with constituents. However, lawmakers are leaving town this year with a lot of important policy issues still pending, including the reauthorization of both the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as well as Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding for Perkins.

With so much uncertainty about the future of funding for CTE, this is a great time to reach out to your Members of Congress. To assist in your advocacy efforts, ACTE has provided a Congressional Recess Packet that is filled with information and tips on promoting the important work that CTE programs are doing across the country. Here are a few activities that you can use to advocate for CTE during this August recess:

  • Schedule a one-on-one meeting—The best way to ensure your message gets heard is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your senator or representative in their local office. 
  • Attend a town hall meetings—Members of Congress typically host town hall meetings in the community during recesses that are open to the public. This is a great opportunity for you to raise concerns, ask questions and publicly share your views on CTE. 
  • Invite Members of Congress to your program—A great way to showcase the value of CTE is by inviting your Members of Congress to see your program in person.
  • Target the media—Working with local media to generate CTE-related news coverage, feature stories, editorials and op-eds can reach large numbers of people and policymakers with your message about CTE. 

In addition, ACTE has two new advocacy activities we are launching this month.

  • “Share Your CTE Story” Web surveyDuring August, we’d like you to visit the new “Share Your Story” page on ACTE’s website to let us know how recent Perkins funding cuts have impacted you. Personal stories are a vital tool when discussing the impact of federal funding on local students, classrooms and teachers. We can use your story to continue your efforts to advocate for CTE even after the recess is over.
  • Use social media to promote CTE—Connecting with lawmakers through Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets is a quick and easy way to spread the message of CTE. Take five minutes this August and post ACTE’s newest funding infographic on the Facebook pages of your Members of Congress. We want the infographic to be shared as broadly and as often as possible over the next four weeks!

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