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House Votes to Cut Perkins in FY 2013 CR



By: Mitch

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 serve.

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

8/12/13 By: Mitch 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 priority!


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