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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need


April 10, 2013

Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.

In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration. Restoring these sequester cuts will be a key goal of our advocacy efforts this year, and we are happy that the Administration recognizes the harmful impact of these cuts and restores them across education programs. In addition, 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.  

While some of these proposals are a step in the right direction, we remain concerned about the long-term erosion of Perkins funding. Despite calls for an overall increase in education funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments to meet the growing needs in CTE and retains harmful Perkins reauthorization proposals. ACTE's Executive Director LeAnn Wilson said, "Failing to provide a robust federal investment in Perkins is detrimental to the 12 million CTE students nationwide, the business community that relies on a qualified workforce, and the future economic competitiveness of our country" in a press release responding to the budget.

The Administration focuses most of the new resources in the education budget on competitive programs that will only benefit some schools and programs. Below is an excerpt from the budget outlining a new high school redesign program:

  • High school transformation: Funds would support competitive grants to transform teaching and learning in high schools by encouraging partnerships among LEAs, postsecondary institutions, businesses, and non-profits to prepare students for college and career. Grantees would leverage new and existing federal, state, and local resources to create learning models that are rigorous, relevant, and better focused on real-world experiences while incorporating personalized learning, work- and project-based learning, and career and college exploration.

More details about the budget proposal and its impact on CTE across the country will be provided in the coming days.

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