House Votes to Cut Perkins in FY 2013 CR
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed
legislation that would extend funding for the Perkins and other federal
programs in the remaining six months of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. Federal appropriations
for FY 2013 have been operating on a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) since
October 1, 2012. This CR put government funding on autopilot until March 27.
The House-passed bill (H.R.933) will pick up where the current CR leaves off by funding government
programs until the end of FY 2013.This new legislation combines yet another
six-month CR for most domestic programs, including Perkins, and a full-year
appropriations package for defense and veterans affairs programs. Unlike the
previous CR, this bill will effectively lower the discretionary funding cap to $984 billion for FY 2013 by incorporating the 5 percent
sequestration cut and an additional across-the-board cut of .098 percent.
So what would this plan mean for Perkins
funding? Under the House proposal,
Perkins would be reduced by $57 million. The cut would impact over 12 million
CTE students nationwide in the 2013-14 school year. Instead of working to
create a balanced approach to reducing our debt in this funding bill, the House
has chosen to double down on arbitrary, across-the-board cuts that will hurt
community colleges, area CTE centers, public schools and the students they
The Senate will now have to produce its own
funding bill in the next few weeks, and then the House and Senate will have to
resolve the differences in their respective bills, if there are any. Tell
Congress it’s time to stop the cuts to vital education and job training
programs! Tell your Senators and Representative that it is time for a
real investment in CTE!
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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