Spreading the Message that “Career and Technical Education Works!” During CTE Month 2013
February 1, 2013
It’s February and that means Career and Technical Education(CTE) Month™ is finally here! During the entire month of February, CTE
professionals across the country will be raising awareness in their communities
about their programs and celebrating the positive impacts of CTE for students,
schools, communities and the country’s economic success.
The theme for CTE Month 2013 is Career and Technical
Education Works! Throughout the month, CTE professionals in the classroom,
local and state CTE departments and national CTSO organizations will be
highlighting how CTE works for students, business and industry, local economies
and much more. This is a great opportunity to reach out to your local elected
officials and advocate for CTE and emphasize the importance of Perkins funding
to continue vital programs enabling students to be career-ready. Invite your member of Congress to a CTE
Month event, ask them to officially declare February as CTE Month in your state
by proclamation, or schedule a visit with your elected officials to inform them
on the importance of CTE in your community.
ACTE has a number of resources available for CTE
professionals celebrating CTE Month, including resources for advocacy such as a
sample press release on CTE Month, a sample CTE Month proclamation and CTE fact
sheets to help strengthen your advocacy efforts at home. You can also download student-made
video PSAs and print out a calendar of activities for CTE Month on the CTE Month web page.
February 11-15, 2013, ACTE will hold Social
Media Advocacy Week as part of the CTE Month activities. This is another
opportunity to connect with your member of Congress via social media like
Twitter or Facebook and make your voice known. We will be sharing CTE Month
events and activities from members, as well as examples of strong programs, CTE
research and data and much more during the week, so follow all the CTE Month
buzz by searching for #CTEMonth or #careerteched on Twitter or by visiting our Facebook page.
Most of all, enjoy the month! This is an opportunity to not
only showcase the positive impacts of CTE across the country, but also to
celebrate the hard work and tireless dedication of CTE professionals who train
the next generation of America’s workforce. Happy CTE Month!
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