ACTE and NASDCTEc Urge Appropriations Committees to Restore Perkins Funding
December 23, 2013
ACTE and NASDCTEc Urge Appropriations Committees to Restore
As we reported last week, Congress approved a budget agreement, known as the Bipartisan
Budget Act of 2013, that will restore most of the sequestration cuts for Fiscal
Year (FY) 2014. Congress must now begin the task of setting funding levels for
individual programs like Perkins before the current funding bill expires on
January 15. It will be up to the appropriations committees in the House
and Senate to determine which individual programs get funding restored within
the overall total increase available. The Bipartisan Budget Act has helped to
alleviate some of the harmful sequester cuts, but there is still more work to
be done to ensure that Congress acts to restore funding for CTE specifically.
Today, ACTE and the National Association of State Directors
of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) sent a letter to the
chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human
Services and Education appropriations subcommittee, which have jurisdiction
over funding for education and workforce development programs, urging them to
restore funding for Perkins to the pre-sequestration level as part of the FY
2014 appropriations bill.
“The erosion of Perkins has hurt high schools, CTE centers,
community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students
nationwide,” wrote ACTE Deputy Executive Director Steve DeWitt and NASDCTEc
Executive Director Kim Green. “We cannot cut our way to a 21st century
workforce! Instead, Perkins funding must be restored to meet the needs of CTE
programs around the country and ensure students are fully prepared for their
future academic and career goals.” The full text of the letter is available
ACTE and NASDCTEc will continue to work closely
with congressional appropriators to ensure that Perkins funding is restored.
Please help us in our efforts by taking a few minutes to contact your Members of Congress
and let them know that it is time to make investing in CTE a top priority!