Senator Begich Completes CTE Legislation Package
As part of a package of career and technical education related legislation, Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced two bills aimed at
professional development for CTE educators and modernization for CTE
The Professional Development for Educators Act of 2013 (S. 441) provides additional funding
through Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to examine
current, and develop new, professional development opportunities for educators.
The bill includes a provision that 25 percent of funding for the program be dedicated
to professional development activities that involve science, technology,
engineering, mathematics and CTE.
The Career and Technical Education Facilities Modernization Act (S. 439) provides $75
million for the modernization, renovation or repair of a facility that will be
used to improve the quality and availability of career and technical education.
The bill also allows funds to be used to make a one-time repair of serviceable
equipment or replacement of equipment at the end of its serviceable lifespan at
These two bills complete Senator Begich’s CTE legislation
package, which also includes the Counseling for Career Choice Act. All three bills would modify the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act to enhance CTE and better integrate academic and
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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