FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2021
Jori Houck, firstname.lastname@example.org (ACTE)
Stacy Whitehouse, email@example.com (Advance CTE)
Joint Statement from ACTE, Advance CTE on Career and Technical Education in FY 2022 Presidential Budget Proposal
Alexandria, VA – Today, President Joe Biden unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, including suggested funding levels for discretionary programs as well as detailed spending proposals for the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V) Basic State Grant received a disappointing 1.5% proposed increase in funding, $20 million, compared to the overall U.S. Department of Education agency increase of 41% in the FY 2022 discretionary request, while the additional $1 billion dollars recommended for each of the next ten years through the American Jobs Plan represents an historic increase in CTE. The FY 2022 budget and the American Jobs Plan proposals nearly double the federal investment in career and technical education (CTE) when combining the increase to Perkins V and the proposed American Jobs Plan investment.
ACTE and Advance CTE look forward to working with the Biden Administration and Congress to secure an increase in Perkins V that is more reflective of the needs of the CTE community and to enact additional investments in CTE via the American Jobs Plan. These investments, together, will go a long way in remedying the historic underinvestment in CTE and helping to ensure each learner has limitless opportunities to access and be successful in the high-quality CTE program of their choice.
Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice to advance high-quality CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career success for each learner.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.