House Education and the Workforce Committee Holds First Meeting of New Congress
January 23, 2013
The U.S. House of Representative’s Education and the
Workforce Committee met
for the first time in the 113th Congress yesterday to approve the committee
rules and subcommittee member assignments. Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN)
also used this first meeting to lay out his priorities for the committee during
the 113th Congress.
A major focus for the committee will continue to be the
nation’s workforce and job training system. Citing the 12 million Americans
currently unemployed, the committee hopes to help job seekers access training
opportunities and employers find skilled workers to help grow their businesses.
On the education side, Chairman Kline affirmed that the
reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will remain a top
priority for the committee in the 113th Congress, as it was in the 112th. Also
in the committee’s sights is the state of the nation’s higher education system,
including college costs and transparency.
Several large pieces of legislation have been due for
reauthorization by the committee for multiple years, including the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act. Coming up for
reauthorization in the 113th Congress, the committee will be responsible for
reauthorizing several more large pieces of legislation, including the Carl D.
Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Education Sciences Reform
of Chairman Kline’s remarks is available on the Committee’s Web site, along
with a video
archive of the meeting, the approved committee rules, and the Republican
CTE Policy Watch Blog
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
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