Legislative Alert: Ask Your Representative to Sign House Perkins Funding Letter
March 19, 2014
Alert: Ask Your Representative to Sign House Perkins Funding Letter
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.
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
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.
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!
- 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)
- 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.