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Senators Push for FY 2014 Perkins Funding

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Senators Push for FY 2014 Perkins Funding

Following the successful effort in the House, supporters of CTE in the Senate had the opportunity to sign-on to a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committees addressing Perkins funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This “dear colleague” letter effort was led by Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), who is joined by 24 of his colleagues in urging the appropriations committee to restore Perkins funding in their FY 2014 appropriations bill.

The Perkins FY 2011 allocation was reduced by $140 million, with additional reductions occurring in FY 2012. As a result of sequestration, Perkins will be further reduced by $56 million in FY 2013. Dozens of states are currently receiving funding allocations at or near the level they received in 1998. The erosion of Perkins has hurt high schools, CTE centers, community and technical colleges, employers and millions of CTE students nationwide. The letter requests that Senate appropriators restore funding for Perkins Basic State Grant to $1.1 billion in their FY 2014 appropriations bill.

A quarter of the U.S. Senate agrees that Perkins is a critical investment in our economy and the future of our nation’s workforce. ACTE applauds Sen. Blumenthal and his fellow CTE supporters in the Senate. We urge the appropriations committee to follow their leadership and make investing in CTE a top priority!

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