12 CTE Policy Questions for the 2012 School Year--Question 3: How Much Perkins Funding Will I Receive for the 2013-2014 School Year?
August 8, 2012
The third question in our “12 Questions” series begins to get a bit more complicated. While funding levels for the 2013-2014 school year should be set in September to allow plenty of time for planning ahead, we all know Congress hasn’t really been working on schedule lately! This year is going to be no exception. As we’ve reported, the House, Senate and White House have already come to an agreement on a “continuing resolution” (CR) that would push off funding decisions for six months from the September 30 deadline—well into 2013. This continuing resolution is expected to have level funding as a placeholder for education programs, but offers no certainty as to what will be included in the final bill that will really determine the funding you receive next year.
So where does that leave us? Well, there is some good news, in that both the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees proposed level funding for Perkins in their draft FY 2013 appropriations bills. This means that Perkins is in a very good position going into the negotiations on a final bill, assuming the overall budget cap stays in the same ballpark as the 1.047 trillion agreed to in the debt ceiling debate last summer.
That’s a big assumption though, as one of the main reasons conservative Republicans have agreed this early to the six-month CR is that they think they will be in a better position after the election to force deeper cuts in domestic program spending. If this was to occur, Perkins could be vulnerable, along with every other education and workforce development program.
There are also a number of other big fiscal issues, not the least of which is sequestration, that could impact funding decisions for FY 2013. Tomorrow’s question will focus completely on the impact of sequestration, and let’s not forget that Congress is going to have to also raise the debt ceiling again early next year, which could cause other problems.
So, the short answer to this question is, “We don’t know!” We do know that the fight for funding for the 2013 year is far from over though, and continued, sustained advocacy efforts are critical. You can read more about how to be active during the August recess here.