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Call, Write, Tweet and Post to Fight Cuts to CTE

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February 13, 2013 

By: Mitch

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! 

TAKE ACTION: 

  • Find your Members of Congress 
  • Share your thoughts with them on Twitter (include hashtag #CareerTechEd and #NoMoreCuts) 
  • Write a message on their Facebook wall 
  • Call their office directly (also reach them through the Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121) 
  • Or send them an e-mail through the ACTE Action Center 

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 
  • #Sequestration 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 
  • #Sequestration means a big cut to #CareerTechEd in 2013. @MitchMcConnell support a balanced approach! #NoMoreCuts 

Sample Talking Points: (For use on Facebook and calls to congressional offices) 

  • On 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. 
  • For 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. 
  • Funding for CTE is critical to keeping the US economy moving in the right direction, preparing youth and adults for 21st century careers. 
  • I 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. 

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