New Poll: Majority of Americans want to Protect Funding for Education and CTE from Sequestration
December 11, 2012
A poll released by the Committee for Education Funding and the
Foundation for Education Investment found strong public support for protecting
federal investments in education from devastating, across-the-board cuts. If
Congress and the White House do not act before January 2, education programs
like Perkins will face an automatic 8.2 percent cut—a $92 million reduction in Perkins funding for the 2013-2014 school year alone!
As the debate over the looming fiscal cliff continues, the
poll reveals that protecting funding for education is a priority for most
Americans. When asked which programs they considered very important for
Congress to protect from automatic cuts, 55 percent responded for education
(only Medicare and tax credits for low-income families ranked higher). The poll
also illustrates the broad public perception on the value of education and CTE
in economic growth and the development a competitive workforce. 86 percent
responded that education is important for future economic growth, while 75
percent say it is critical component in obtaining a “good paying job.”
Thanks to everyone who participated in our day of
action—please continue to make your voices heard in Washington. Tell Congress
that they need to find a balanced approach to fix sequestration. Tell them that
Perkins can’t afford any more cuts!
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.
Who We Are
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
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