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Advocate for Perkins Funding During August Recess

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July 31, 2014

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Advocate for Perkins Funding During August Recess

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently released the text of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which includes a $5.4 million increase for Perkins! Though the Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee voted to advance the bill to the full committee in June, no further action on the funding measure has been announced. Moreover, the House has held no markups and produced no funding bill so far. ACTE has called on Congress to complete its work on this bill and approve the increase in Perkins funding without further delay.

However, the House and Senate are preparing leave town for a for a five-week recess scheduled to last through September 6. During the annual August recess, senators and representatives return home to put in some face-to-face time with constituents. Unfortunately, in a busy election year with a limited number of legislative days left on the calendar, congressional action on funding Perkins and other important federal education and workforce training programs is being left unfinished.  

With so much uncertainty about the future of funding for CTE, this is a great time to reach out to your Members of Congress. To assist in your advocacy efforts, ACTE has developed a Congressional Recess Packet that is filled with information and tips on promoting the important work being done by CTE programs across the country. Let your Members of Congress know that building our investment in CTE can’t wait! Here are a few activities that you can use to advocate for CTE funding during this August recess.

  • Schedule a one-on-one meeting—The best way to ensure your message gets heard is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your senator or representative in their local office. 
  • Attend a town hall meetings—Members of Congress typically host town hall meetings in their communities during recess that are open to the public. This is a great opportunity for you to raise concerns, ask questions and publicly share your views on CTE. 
  • Invite Members of Congress to your program—A great way to showcase the value of CTE is by inviting your Members of Congress to see your program in person.
  • Target the media—Working with local media to generate CTE-related news coverage, feature stories, editorials and op-eds can reach large numbers of people and policymakers with your message about CTE. For additional information, please consult ACTE’s Targeting the Media page.
  • Use social media to promote CTE—Connecting with lawmakers through Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets is a quick and easy way to spread the message of CTE. More information on using social media for advocacy is available on our Social Media and Advocacy page.

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