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CTE Funding


On April 10, 2012, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The president proposed to fund Perkins at $1.1 billion! However, federal support for CTE is far below what is necessary to meet the needs of local CTE programs and the students they serve. Since 2010, Perkins funding has been reduced by over $100 million, with the threat of further cuts through sequestration for the 2013-14 school year. The erosion of Perkins has negatively impacted high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide. A larger investment in the Perkins is necessary to ensure that all students are college and career ready. In order to restore previous cuts to Perkins and increase the overall investment in CTE, we must speak out! It is time to show Congress that investments in CTE will work to get the economy back on track and lay a strong foundation for the workforce of the future!

Congressional Budget & Appropriations Action

Latest Blog News
New Tools to Fight Cuts 5/31/13
15 States Eligible to Receive Additional CTE Funding 5/28/13
Duncan Pressed on “Hold Harmless” in Hearing on FY 14 Budget 5/23/13
House Appropriators Endorse Dangerously Low Funding Levels for Education 5/23/13
Senators Push for FY 2014 Perkins Funding 5/3/13
Bipartisan Group in the House Supports FY 14 Perkins Funding 5/1/13
Ask Senators to Sign FY 2014 Perkins Funding Letter 4/23/13
Senate Appropriators Wary of Competitive Funding in President’s Budget 4/19/13
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill 4/12/13
Administration's Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need 4/10/13
House and Senate Pass FY 14 Budgets 3/26/13
Congress Finalizes FY 2013 Funding Bill With Cut to Perkins 3/22/13
House Votes to Cut Perkins in FY 2013 CR 3/8/13
Department of Education Announces New Details on Sequestration 3/8/13
Congress Fails to Reverse Sequestration 3/1/13
Call, Write, Tweet and Post to Fight Cuts to CTE 2/13/13
Obama Calls for Short-term Fix to Sequestration 2/6/13
House Passes Short-term Debt Ceiling Deal 1/24/13
White House to Congress: 2014 Budget Will Be Delayed 1/18/13
Republicans Name Education Appropriators in the House 1/16/13
Fiscal Cliff Averted ... for Now 1/2/13
What Does the Fiscal Cliff Mean for CTE? 12/21/12
The Clock Is Ticking on Sequestration 12/3/12
Duncan Talks CTE and Funding in Education Speech 10/4/12
Congress Finalizes Stopgap Spending Bill Including Funding for Perkins 9/24/12
Congress Announces Stopgap Funding Bill 9/12/12

ACTE Positions & Advocacy Resources
CTE Funding Request
CTE Works Research Fact Sheet
Perkins State Funding Chart

Background Resources
Blog Post:House and Senate Pass FY 14 BudgetsHouse Dear Colleague Letter on Perkins Funding
Senate Dear Colleague Letter on Perkins Funding List of Signers

Administration Budget Information

ACTE Coverage and Response
Press Release: Career and Technical Education Leaders Respond to President’s Proposed FY 2013 Budget
Blog Post: Senate Appropriators Wary of Competitive Funding in President’s Budget
Blog Post: Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Blog Post: Administration's Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need

Department of Education
Press Release
Budget Summary and Background Information
Funding Table
Career, Technical and Adult Education Budget Justification

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With a growing national focus on data and accountability to help students succeed in education and careers, collecting high-quality data and sharing it across different agencies is more important than ever. For CTE, data quality and access issues include appropriately measuring student achievement, including the attainment of high-quality credentials; ensuring the quality of Perkins-funded CTE programs; and providing data to consumers on the connection between education and labor market outcomes.

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