Reps. Thompson and Langevin Recognize CTE Month on House Floor
February 14, 2013
This week, Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin
(D-RI), the co-chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus, took to the floor of the
House of Representatives in recognition of CTE Month. The co-chairs spoke of the importance of CTE
and its roll in American competitiveness. They also urged their colleagues to
join the bipartisan caucus to support and promote CTE in Congress.
Rep. Thompson talked about the need for Congress to invest
in CTE and recognized the work of CTE professionals. “Career and technical
education, while historically undervalued, helps tackle critical workforce
shortages and provides an opportunity for America to remain globally
competitive while also engaging students in practical, real world applications
of academics coupled with hands-on work experience,” said Thompson. “I join with a bipartisan group of my colleagues
in not only recognizing the importance of maintaining these federal investments
for our country's future but also saying thank you to the countless men and
women who make these programs possible.” His full remarks are available here.
Rep. Langevin urged congressional reauthorization of the
Perkins CTE Act and discussed the role of CTE in filling the skills gap. “The
most important step I believe we can take this year to support CTE is to fully
reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Currently,
the Perkins Act is authorized at a level set in 2010, which does not reflect
the reality of a modern economy” said Langevin. “Closing the skills gap is one
important step we can take to ensure workers can fit and fill the needs of
expanding industries both today and in the future.” His full remarks are
ACTE would like to thank Reps. Thompson and Langevin for
their continued leadership of the Congressional CTE Caucus and their kind
recognition of CTE Month 2013! Please urge your Member of Congress to join the caucus today!
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