What exactly is sequestration?
The Budget Control Act of 2011 created the “Super Committee” of Members of Congress who were tasked with creating a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget in the next 10 years. Their failure to reach an agreement triggered a provision in that law, known as sequestration, that resulted in an automatic across-the-board cut to most federal discretionary funding, including Perkins!
What will this mean for CTE?
All federal discretionary programs, that are not otherwise exempt from sequestration, will be cut by five percent. This means that Perkins funding will be reduced by $58 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013!
What should I do?
Congress must find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to CTE. It is critical that you make sure that Members of Congress understand the impact that cuts to Perkins funding have on CTE students nationwide.
Impact on Perkins Funding
Perkins is one of several advanced funded federal education programs, which means that sequestration cuts will be applied differently compared to other federal programs. Perkins funds are distributed to states in July and October. The five percent across-the-board cut will be applied to the July 2013 Perkins allocation. This will result in $58 million less in Perkins funds available for CTE programs in the 2013-14 school year. Any reductions in federal support for CTE will be difficult to restore and will have long-term implications for students.
Call or Write Your Members of Congress
Share your concerns about sequestration with your Members of Congress through the CTE Action Center.
You can also call your Senators or Representative directly or reach them through the Capitol switchboard:
202-224-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the staff member
who handles education or workforce development issues. Feel free to leave a
message if that person is not available to talk. After you have identified yourself,
tell them the reason you are calling. Remember to keep your remarks short and
focused, and thank them from taking your call.
Sample Talking Points (use when calling or writing your Members of Congress):
- Essential programs that benefit a range of important services, including education, job training and career and technical education will face devastating cuts through sequestration.
- For career and technical education specifically, these cuts will mean $58 million less in funding for programs at public schools, CTE centers, and community and technical colleges, and will impact millions of CTE students across the country.
- Funding for CTE is critical to keeping the US economy moving in the right direction, preparing youth and adults for 21st century careers.
- I ask that [Insert your Member of Congress] work to find a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to essential programs that support CTE.
Utilize Social Media
You can share your thoughts with your Members of Congress on Twitter (be sure to include hashtag #CareerTechEd) or write a
message on your legislator's Facebook wall. Check
out ACTE's website for more tools and tips on using social media in your advocacy efforts.
Sample Tweets (insert your legislator’s Twitter name):
- @SpeakerBoehner funding for #CareerTechEd is critical
to keeping our economy moving in the right direction. Stop sequestration!
- #Sequestration will result in $58 million less for #CareerTechEd funding in 2013 and will hurt millions of CTE student nationwide! @SenatorReid we need a balanced approach.
- @MitchMcConnell my #CareerTechEd students can’t afford
another cut! We need a balanced approach to sequestration!
- #Sequestration means big cuts to #CareerTechEd funding this school year. @MaxBaucus
support a balanced approach!
Sample Facebook Posts:
- I ask that [Insert your Member of Congress] fix the across-the-board sequester cuts by working to find a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit
reduction that does not include further reductions in federal funding for career
and technical education (CTE)!
- [Insert your Member of
Congress], investments in career and technical education (CTE) have been
cut by over $100 million since 2010. Sequestration will result in even deeper cuts to important CTE programs. I urge you to find a bipartisan, balanced approach to fix sequestration and support a strong investment in CTE.
for career and technical education (CTE) is critical to keeping our economy
moving in the right direction. Essential CTE programs now face devastating cuts through sequestration. These cuts will mean $58 million less in Perkins CTE Act funding for programs at public schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, and will impact millions of CTE students across the country.
your Member of Congress], it’s time to support a balanced approach to fix sequestration!