What We’re Reading: CTE News Around the Blogosphere Feb. 1
February 1, 2013
This week, we began reading some great op-eds and stories
about CTE Month, like the piece in the Journal Times written by the Wisconsin
State Superintendent of Instruction, Tony Evers. Meade County Times-Tribune looks into the kitchen door, so to
speak, to learn more about culinary arts offerings at Sturgis Brown High
School. The Chronicle of Higher Education
releases its’ findings from this year’s Freshman Survey, which reports incoming
college freshman have jobs on the mind more than ever. February is all about
CTE and lots of great events are going on, including the national Digital
Learning Day organized by the Alliance for
Excellent Education, which High
School Matters Blog shares in their post this week. Finally, CTE Central Blog offers a great look
into nontraditional enrollment in CTE.
Reinvigorating Career and Technical Education—Journal Times
Up a Career—Meade County Times-Tribune
Survey: This Year, Even More Focused on Jobs—The Chronicle of Higher
Learning Day is February 6th—High School Matters Blog
Career Path Less Traveled—CTE Central Blog
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