ACTE Releases Guiding Principles to Shape Perkins Reauthorization
February 17, 2012
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is releasing today six guiding principles that it believes should shape the future of the federal investment in career and technical education (CTE) through the reauthorization Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act).
While the Perkins Act is not scheduled for reauthorization until 2013, these guiding principles are designed to inform initial policy discussions related to the reauthorization and help shape the foundation of future Perkins efforts. They represent key principles that ACTE believes must be considered as any new legislation is developed. The full Perkins guiding principles document can be found on the ACTE Web site. The principles include:
- Redefine the Federal Role in CTE
- Target Expenditures
- Define Program Quality Elements
- Ensure Relevant & Consistent Data
- Offer Incentives for Innovation
- Provide the Infrastructure to Support the System
Cutting across all of these guiding principles must be a clear goal of building the capacity of secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to prepare all students for success in current and emerging in-demand career pathways, which lead to self-sufficiency and provide opportunities for advancement. At its core, CTE is about preparing a competitive workforce to participate successfully in a global economy—meeting the needs of individuals and employers.
“We hope these principles will spark a positive discussion about how to better support a system of high-quality CTE programs around the country,” said ACTE executive director Jan Bray. “The federal Perkins Act is a critical lever within the CTE system, and its reauthorization can serve a powerful role in ensuring CTE programs can prepare students for the workforce of the future and that business and industry have the skilled employees necessary to drive U.S. economic growth.”
The principles were developed by ACTE’s Perkins Reauthorization Task Force, comprised of CTE practitioners from around the country, and will be followed by a set of more detailed policy recommendations later this year.
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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
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.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, 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.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a