Perkins Level-funded in Senate Spending Bill
June 15, 2012
On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill by a vote of 16-14 along party lines. The bill provides $158 billion for a range of federal Labor-HHS-Ed programs and includes level funding for Perkins! While we are still in the early stages of the appropriations process, this is a very positive sign that Congress recognizes the value and importance of CTE. Thank you for all your great advocacy work! In another victory, the committee also included a proposal in the bill to change the name of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education to the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. This is an issue that ACTE has been working on for a number of years and we are very pleased to see this positive momentum.
Overall, education programs were increased by approximately $408 million, including new funding for a postsecondary innovation fund. For more information on specific funding levels for education programs, view this chart provided by the Committee for Education Funding. Most Department of Labor workforce development programs were also level-funded.
Another positive development included in the bill was an amendment, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), that restores Pell Grant eligibility for students qualifying under the “Ability to Benefit” (ATB) provision in the Higher Education Act, which targets students without a high school diploma or its equivalent who demonstrate college readiness, who are participating in career pathway programs. This is also an issue that ACTE had been working on and we hope to see this restoration also included in the House bill.
The House Labor-HHS-ED Appropriations Subcommittee could consider their FY 2013 spending bill as early as next week. Please continue to reach out to your Member of Congress and urge them to support funding for CTE!