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Perkins Funding Increased in FY 14 Omnibus Bill

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January 14, 2014

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Perkins Funding Increased in FY 14 Omnibus Bill

Yesterday, the House and Senate appropriations committees released the final FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill, which included a $53 million increase for Perkins! This funding increase will help to restore almost all of the harmful sequester cut for CTE! Sequestration had resulted in a 5.2 percent cut for federal CTE funding in FY 2013, impacting programs at high schools, tech centers, and community and technical colleges across the country. ACTE and the CTE community have been fighting for restoration of funding for the past year, and this is a huge step!

The legislation also includes a provision that will change the name of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education to the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE). This change will more accurately reflect the expanding scope of CTE in the 21st century and the terminology change that was made within Perkins during the 2006 reauthorization.

Thanks to the efforts of CTE advocates nationwide, Congress has taken notice of importance of investing in Perkins! While we will continue to push lawmakers to increase federal support for CTE going forward, this bill is a great victory for Perkins funding!

The House and Senate will vote on the omnibus bill later this week. As we reported yesterday, both chambers are expected to approve a three-day extension of the current funding bill to allow time for consideration of the omnibus package. Please take a few minutes to tell your Members of Congress to support increasing funding for Perkins by passing this bill.

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The FY 2014 omnibus appropriations bill passed overwhelmingly on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 359-67. As we previously reported, the omnibus bill includes a $53 million increase for Perkins! The Senate is expected to vote on the measure before the end of the week. Please take a few minutes to reach out to your Senators and urge them to vote YES on this bill.

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