New Publications on Business Partnerships and American Competitiveness
February 1, 2013
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
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.
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