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Report Shows State-by-state Sequester Cut for CTE

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August 30, 2013

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Report Shows State-by-state Sequester Cut for CTE

This week, 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!

It is 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.

Tell Congress that it is time to stop the cuts and fix sequestration!

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