NPS Coincides With Important Legislation
The legislative season in Washington is in full swing, and there has
never been a better time to advocate for career and technical education. ACTE
needs YOU to attend this year’s National Policy Seminar to ensure the CTE
voice is heard!
Last week, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the
Workforce announced its latest attempt to reauthorize
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The committee is expected to hold a
markup of the reauthorized bill, the SKILLS Act, during the week of NPS, March
4 – 6. Your voice on Capitol Hill during this important time will be a boon for
CTE, youth, and community colleges in the future of the workforce system.
The timing of this year’s NPS is also opportune related to critical discussions
about the federal
budget. The President and Congress will be debuting their budgets shortly
after NPS attendees visit Capitol Hill offices, so you will be able to make
your views known concerning potential cuts that directly impact CTE funding for
Worried that you don’t know enough about policy or advocacy?
Leave those worries at home because ACTE will make sure you are
prepared for anything you might encounter on Capitol Hill. At NPS, you will
participate in policy sessions to learn about the SKILLS Act, the federal
budget and other CTE related legislation being considered in Congress. If you
are new to advocacy or NPS, you will have access to our first-timers session
where you will learn about the legislative process and how to advocate to your senators
Members of Congress need to hear from YOU, the career and technical
education EXPERT. ACTE’s National Policy Seminar will ensure your voice and
your students are heard! Register for NPS on ACTE’s new website, and climb the
Hill with us for CTE and your students!
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draft of our National Policy Seminar with speakers and sessions.
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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