Congress Finalizes FY 2013 Funding Bill With Cut to Perkins
The Senate and House approved a Continuing Resolution
(CR) that will provide funding for Perkins and other federal programs for the
remaining six months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Though the House had previously
voted on its own version of the CR last week, they ultimately adopted the version that was passed
with bipartisan support in the Senate.
Like the House version, the final FY 2013 funding package
includes a CR for most domestic programs, including Perkins, and a full-year
appropriations bill for defense and veterans affairs programs. Senate
appropriators also added full-year bills for funding of agriculture; commerce,
science, and justice; and homeland security.
The bill lowers the discretionary funding cap for FY 2013
by incorporating the 5 percent sequestration cut. Unlike the House version, the
final CR does not add an additional across-the-board cut of .098 percent.
However, the 5 percent cut that was included in the bill will reduce Perkins
funding by approximately $56 million in FY 2013. The cut will impact CTE
programs nationwide in the 2013-14 school year.
Tell Congress it’s time to stop the cuts to vital
education and job training programs! Tell your Senators and Representative that it is time for a real investment in CTE!
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Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Announces Career Counseling Bill
In a press
release today, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) announced a bill designed to
improve school counseling resources across the country. The Counseling for
Career Choice Act of 2013 provides increased support and professional
development for school counselors to have the resources and materials to help
students make educated decisions about their future, whether it is a four-year
university, career and technical education program in high school or other
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