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Fight Sequestration Cuts to CTE Funding: Call-in and Tweet Day

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September 20, 2012

By: Mitch   

We recently reported that Perkins could be facing a $92 million cut under sequestration beginning on January 2, 2013! You can help to prevent these cuts! ACTE is working with a large coalition of organizations representing health care, education, job training, public safety and other non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs who are urging Congress to prevent these drastic cuts. This coalition has fought to bring education to the forefront of the discussion over sequestration, but we can’t do it alone.   

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, please join the NDD community in a National NDD Community Call-in and Tweet Day and ask your Member of Congress to support a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs, including CTE!   

Take just five minutes and share your thoughts with your Membersof Congress on Twitter (be sure to include hashtag #CareerTechEd and #NDDUnited), write a message on your legislator's Facebookwall, or call their office directly (you can also reach them through the capitol switchboard: (202)224-3121). Here are some sample messages you can share with your Members of Congress.   

Sample Tweets: (insert your legislator’s Twitter name)    

  • @SpeakerBoehner funding for #CareerTechEd is critical to keeping US’s economy moving in the right direction. Stop sequestration! #NDDUnited   
  • #Sequestration will result in $92 million less for #CareerTechEd funding in 2013 and over 1 million fewer students served! #NDDUnited   
  • @SenatorReid my #CareerTechEd students can’t afford another cut! We need a balanced approach to sequestration! #NDDUnited   
  • #Sequestration means an 8.2% cut to #CareerTechEd funding in 2013. @MaxBaucus support a balanced approach! http://bit.ly/N2jgsB #NDDUnited   

Sample Talking Points: (For use on Facebook and calls to congressional offices)   

This January, essential programs that benefit a range of important services including education, job training and career and technical educationwill face devastating cuts through sequestration.   

  • For career and technical education specifically, these cuts will mean $92 million less in funding for programs at public schools, area CTE centers and community colleges. This will result in over 1 million fewer students served.   
  • Funding for CTE is critical to keeping US’s economy moving in the right direction, preparing youth and adults for 21st century careers.   
  • I ask that [Insert your Member of Congress] work to find a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to essential programs such as CTE.     

Check out our Web site for more tools and tips on using social media in your advocacy efforts and visit our CTE Funding Works page. 

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