Department of Education Announces New Details on Sequestration
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
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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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