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Push for Perkins Funding During Congressional Recess

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May 11, 2012

By: Mitch

Congressional recesses are always an important time to connect directly with your Member of Congress at home. This upcoming Memorial Day recess has especially significant timing for FY 2013 funding of Perkins. The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to take up their appropriations bill, that includes Perkins funding, in early June, with their counterparts in the House following soon after.  

The House will be on recess from May 21-29 and the Senate from May 28-June 1. This will likely be your last opportunity to interact directly with your senators and representative before important Perkins funding decisions are made! Please take this time to tell your Member of Congress to support Perkins funding! Here are some key action items: 

  • Schedule a one-on-one Meeting - When on recess, the district office is where the action is happening. The best way to ensure your message gets heard is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with your senator or representative in their office. Call the district office as early as possible and have a few dates and times in mind. 
  • Town Hall Meetings - Members of Congress typically host town hall meetings in the community during recesses that are open to the public. Constituents have the opportunity to raise concerns, ask questions and publicly share their views. You can find out the time and location of a town hall meeting, traditionally held at community centers, churches or schools during the evening, in your local paper or by contacting your Member of Congress’ district office. 
  • Invite Members of Congress to Your Program - A great way to showcase the value of CTE is by inviting policymakers to see your local programs. Send an invitation via e-mail or fax to your Member of Congress’ scheduler to arrange a visit. 
  • Target the Media - A strong media campaign using newspapers, radio and television can reach large numbers of people and policymakers with your message about Perkins funding and CTE. Work with local media to generate CTE-related news coverage, feature stories, editorials and op-eds. Be sure to read Ashley Parker’s recent CTE Policy Watch Blog story on media outreach tips for CTE advocacy. 

Full details are available at ACTE’s online Congressional Recess Packet and the latest news and information on FY 2013 Perkins funding is on our CTE Funding Works Web page. 

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