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Legislative Alert: Ask Your Representative to Sign House Perkins Funding Letter

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March 19, 2014

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Legislative Alert: Ask Your Representative to Sign House Perkins Funding Letter

This week, lawmakers who support CTE will have the opportunity to sign on to a letter to the House Appropriations Committees urging a strong federal investment in Perkins for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. This effort is being led by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), the co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional CTE Caucus, who are asking their House colleagues to join them in supporting federal funding for CTE in FY 2015 appropriations bill.

Federal Perkins funding is currently more than $140 million lower than in FY 2010. Over 20 states are receiving funding allocations at or below the levels they received in 1998. Perkins as the principal source of federal funding for CTE is working to build the capacity of secondary and postsecondary institutions to offer CTE programs that are academically rigorous and aligned to the needs of business and industry. However, funding has not kept pace with growing demand.

Congress has acted to reverse most of the harmful, across-the-board sequester cut to CTE in FY 2014, but more needs to be done to support high schools, tech centers, community colleges, employers and CTE students nationwide. Federal resources that support career education and workforce training should be directed to established and proven programs, like Perkins, that increase access to high-quality CTE for all students.

We need as many members of the House as possible to sign this letter to help ensure that the appropriations committee recognizes the importance of funding CTE. Please take a few minutes to help us in this effort. The deadline for your Member of Congress to sign on is March 31. Contact your representative and urge them to sign today!

Action Needed:

  • Send an email to your representative using the CTE Action Center.
  • Or contact them by phone using the CTE Action Center directory or by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
    • Tell them that Congress needs to make building our investment in CTE a top priority!
    • Ask them to support funding for CTE by signing the FY 2015 Perkins appropriations letter being circulated by Congressmen Thompson and Langevin.

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