Report Shows State-by-state Sequester Cut for CTE
August 30, 2013
State-by-state Sequester Cut for CTE
the National Education Association (NEA) released a report that shows the cuts in federal education funding, including
Perkins, state-by-state in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Based on the most recent estimates
from the U.S. Department of Education, these tables illustrate the significant
reductions in federal support to states in the wake of sequestration.
In FY 2013
most federal education programs were cut by 5.2 percent below the previous
year. This is the result of a combination of the 5 percent sequester cut that
went into effect on March 1, 2013 and an additional across-the-board reduction
of .2 percent in the final FY 2013 Continuing Resolution that will fund the federal government through
the end of September. For CTE, this means $58 million cut in Perkins funding
for the 2013-14 school year!
important to point out that an individual state’s Perkins allocation may not be
cut by exactly 5.2 percent. Some states are cut by more, while others are not
cut at all. This happens because of a “hold harmless” provision that is part of
the current Perkins Act. The hold harmless ensures that a state will receive,
at minimum, the amount of Perkins funding that it received in 1998. With many
states at or near the 1998 level, the additional burden of these cuts is shifted
to other states.
Congress that it is time to stop the cuts and fix sequestration!