New Report: Sequestration Would Cut Perkins Funds in Communities with Greatest Need
December 6, 2012
A recent report
from the American Association for School Administrators outlined an important
trend in education funding that has major implications in the debate over
sequestration. The report analyzed revenues in school districts across the county
and compared the proportion of federal, state and local funding for education. While
their findings show that the average federal contribution to local school
budgets is 12.3 percent, over a quarter of schools received more than 15
percent of their total budget from the federal government. In 23 states, more
than half of districts had operating budgets where the federal share was above
the national average.
Perkins is part of the federal share of funding that schools
receive. If sequestration is allowed to happen, there will be $4 billion less
for education at the federal level—a $92 million cut in Perkins
for the 2013-2014 school year alone!
Though state and local dollars are the primary funding
sources for public education, the economic recession has left many states and
municipalities with tighter budgets and fewer funds available for education.
Those communities with the greatest need receive a larger share of federal funds;
however, they would also be hardest hit by sequestration. Tell Congress that we
need to insure access to high-quality CTE programs for all students. Tell them
that Perkins can’t afford any more cuts!
Who We Are
The Association for Career
and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit
education association dedicated to the advancement of education that
prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE
has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators,
administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in
planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the
secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy,
public awareness and access to information on career and technical
education, professional development and tools that enable members to be
successful and effective leaders.
What We Do
ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of
its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career
and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and
federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with
legislators and government leaders.