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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

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On February 2, 2015, the Obama Administration released its budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The budget proposes an additional $200 million to support a new American Technical Training Fund, which would provide competitive grants for the development and operation of innovative, evidence-based job training programs in high-demand fields. An additional $2 million to evaluate the program was included in the National Programs line item for Perkins as well. However, the formula funded Perkins Basic State Grant program would be level funded at $1.118 billion, $5.4 million below the pre-sequestration level, under the Administration's budget plan. ACTE is concerned about continued inadequacies in formula Perkins funding to states, and requests that Congress provide a much needed increase to the Perkins Basic State Grant program to support high schools, tech centers, community colleges, employers and millions of CTE 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 16
Joint Perkins Funding Request FY 16 
Build Our Investment in CTE
Perkins State Funding Chart
CTE Funding Infographic 

Background Resources
Blog Post: Over 100 Members of Congress Sign Perkins Funding Letters
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: National CTE Associations Respond to President Obama's FY16 Budget Request
Blog Post: House Appropriators Emphasize CTE in Budget Hearing
Blog Post: Administration Proposes New CTE Innovation Fund

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

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CTE Funding

On Feb. 13, 2012, the Administration released its budget proposal to kick off appropriations activity for Fiscal Year 2013. In this proposal, President Obama suggests level-funding Perkins and investing additional funding in several new education and workforce development programs that could increase student access to high-quality CTE. However, the Administration's proposal is just the first step in the year-long funding process, and statutory budget caps approved last summer, combined with the overall fiscal climate, will make maintaining or increasing Perkins funding, or funding any new programs, particularly difficult. In order to restore previous cuts to Perkins and increase the overall investment in CTE, we must speak out. We must show Congress that investments in CTE will work to get Americans back to work and the economy back on track, and to lay a strong foundation for the workforce of the future!

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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