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Department of Education Announces New Details on Sequestration

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3/08/13

By: Mitch

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new details on how they will implement reductions in Perkins funding as a result of sequestration. While we know that Perkins could be cut by a total of$ 56 million if Congress and the Administration are unable to fix the sequester, the department has now specifically outlined the amount of Perkins funding that could be cut on a state-by-state basis.

The department has said that due to certain provisions within the Perkins Act that guarantee minimal levels of funding to certain states, not all states will be cut equally. The total funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant is slated to be cut by 5 percent—along with most other domestic discretionary programs—as a result of the sequester, some states may see little to no reduction in funding while others could be cut by more than 5 percent.

It is also important to note that the cut will be applied to the Perkins allocation that will be issued to states in July for the 2013-14 school year. While many areas of the federal budget will feel the effects of the sequester right away, Congress and the Administration still have a chance to reach a balanced solution before this indiscriminate cut can do irreparable harm to essential Perkins funds.

This chart shows just how much your state stands to lose in Perkins funding as a result of sequestration. Tell Congress that it’s time to get to work on a real solution that protects funding for CTE! 

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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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