On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The budget proposes to level fund the Perkins Basic State Grant program at $1.118 billion–approximately $5.4 million for Perkins; however, the additional funds would support the proposed American Technical Training Fund that would provide competitive grants to support short-term or accelerated job training programs in high-demand fields. The recommended $2 million increase for CTE National Programs would provide technical assistance and evaluation support for projects under the American Technical Training Fund proposal. ACTE is concerned that continued inadequacies in Perkins formula grant funding to states, currently $170 million below the FY 2007 level, are limiting opportunities to grow CTE programs and expand access to millions of students nationwide. Congress must make building our federal investment in CTE a top priority!
Congressional Budget & Appropriations Action
Latest Blog News
For the latest updates, please visit the Federal Funding section of the CTE Policy Watch blog.
ACTE Positions & Advocacy Resources
ACTE Perkins Funding Request FY 17
Build Our Investment in CTE
Perkins State Funding Chart
CTE Funding Infographic
Blog Post: Record Support for Perkins Funding Letters on Capitol Hill
Senate Perkins Appropriations Letter
House Perkins Appropriations Letter
List of Signers in Senate
List of Signers in House of Representatives
Administration Budget Information
ACTE Coverage and Response
Press Release: Obama Administration Emphasizes Skills Training in Final Budget Request, CTE Leaders Say More Needs to Be Done
Blog Post: King Testifies on ED Budget
Blog Post: President Obama Unveils Final Budget Request
Department of Education
Budget Summary and Background Information
Career, Technical and Adult Education Budget Justification
Policy and Advocacy
House/Senate CTE Caucus
In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the House caucus is chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE.
Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) serve as co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE.
One of ACTE's most effective advocacy tools is you! Becoming an advocate is one of the most important actions you can take to secure the future of CTE. ACTE has developed a wide variety of tools to assist you in your advocacy activities, keep you informed and promote ongoing support for CTE. The tools here provide step-by-step directions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community and the media. From your Members of Congress to your local mayor, these individuals all make decisions that directly or indirectly impact CTE. With your help, we can ensure the strength and future of CTE!
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