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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®

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On February 9, 2016, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The budget proposes to level fund the Perkins Basic State Grant program at $1.118 billion–approximately $5.4 million for Perkins; however, the additional funds would support the proposed American Technical Training Fund that would provide competitive grants to support short-term or accelerated job training programs in high-demand fields. The recommended $2 million increase for CTE National Programs would provide technical assistance and evaluation support for projects under the American Technical Training Fund proposal. ACTE is concerned that continued inadequacies in Perkins formula grant funding to states, currently $170 million below the FY 2007 level, are limiting opportunities to grow CTE programs and expand access to millions of students nationwide. Congress must make building our federal investment in CTE a top priority!

Congressional Budget & Appropriations Action

Latest Blog News
For the latest updates, please visit the Federal Funding section of the CTE Policy Watch blog.

ACTE Positions & Advocacy Resources
ACTE Perkins Funding Request FY 17
Build Our Investment in CTE
Perkins State Funding Chart
CTE Funding Infographic

Background Resources
Blog Post: Record Support for Perkins Funding Letters on Capitol Hill
Senate Perkins Appropriations Letter
House Perkins Appropriations Letter
List of Signers in Senate
List of Signers in House of Representatives

Administration Budget Information

ACTE Coverage and Response
Press Release: Obama Administration Emphasizes Skills Training in Final Budget Request, CTE Leaders Say More Needs to Be Done
Blog Post: King Testifies on ED Budget
Blog Post: President Obama Unveils Final Budget Request

Department of Education
Press Release
Budget Summary and Background Information
Career, Technical and Adult Education Budget Justification

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Personal visits with influential policymakers are an effective method of grassroots advocacy. These visits often lay the groundwork for future communication with the official and his/her staff. If you are meeting with a federal Member of Congress, a face-to-face meeting can be held in Washington, D.C. or in your Member’s district office.

House/Senate CTE Caucus

In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the House caucus is chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE.

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) serve as co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE. 

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