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New Publications on Business Partnerships and American Competitiveness

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February 1, 2013

By: Catherine

ACTE yesterday released two new publications: an Issue Sheet on CTE’s role in American competitiveness and a companion piece that profiles successful business-education partnerships in CTE.

The new Issue Sheet updates our longer and more in-depth 2006 Issue Brief on the same topic. It charts the current state of American competitiveness in the global economy and examines how CTE plays a vital role in developing a well-educated workforce that supports American productivity and innovation through its emphasis on college and career readiness, including academic, technical and employability skills; its partnerships with industry; and its focus on meaningful postsecondary attainment that leads to careers that drive the global economy.  

A useful companion piece, Business-education Partnerships in CTE: Driving American Competitiveness, features short profiles of successful business-education partnerships at secondary and postsecondary institutions and career centers in Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, California, New York and Texas.

These publications are short and to the point, perfect for sharing with businesses, policymakers and the public to illustrate that CTE is at the forefront of readying students for college and for careers instrumental to American prosperity and innovation.   

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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

8/12/13 By: Mitch 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 priority!

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