Call, Write, Tweet and Post to Fight Cuts to CTE
February 13, 2013
We are now only weeks away from
devastating, across-the-board cuts to essential education and workforce
training programs. If Washington does not act soon, Perkins could be facing a
huge cut under sequestration beginning on March 1, 2013! ACTE is working with a
large coalition of organizations representing health care, education, job
training, public safety and other vital programs which are urging Congress to
prevent these drastic cuts. You can help to prevent these cuts too!
Thursday, February 14, please join us for a national day
of action. Reach out to your Members of Congress and ask them to support a
balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to
CTE! Take just five minutes to make your voice heard on this important issue!
Sample Tweets: (insert
your legislator’s Twitter name)
- @SpeakerBoehner funding
for #CareerTechEd is critical to keeping our economy moving in the right
direction! Stop sequestration now! #NoMoreCuts
will mean a big reduction in funding for #CareerTechEd in 2013 and will
hurt 12 million students! #NoMoreCuts
- @SenatorReid my
#CareerTechEd students can’t afford another cut! We need a balanced
approach to sequestration! #NoMoreCuts
means a big cut to #CareerTechEd in 2013. @MitchMcConnell
support a balanced approach! #NoMoreCuts
Sample Talking Points: (For use on Facebook and calls to
March 1, essential programs that benefit a range of important services
including education, job training and career and technical education will
face devastating cuts through sequestration.
career and technical education specifically, this cut will mean a huge
reduction in funding for programs at public schools, area CTE centers and
community and technical colleges this year and will hurt 12 million CTE
students across the country.
for CTE is critical to keeping the US economy moving in the right
direction, preparing youth and adults for 21st century careers.
ask that [Insert your Member of Congress]
work to find a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction that
does not include further cuts to essential programs such as CTE.
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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