This is an article from the September 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
Education Funding Bill Advances in House -- The House Appropriations Committee has voted to advance their 2018 education funding bill. The bill proposes to maintain funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant at $1.118 billion and CTE National Programs at $7.4 million. The level funding for CTE comes despite a $2.4 billion cut to the Department of Education’s budget overall. By advancing the bill, lawmakers rejected the Administration’s request to cut the state grant program by 15 percent. In a recent letter to President Trump, the members of the moderate New Democrat Coalition in the House expressed support for the Administration’s efforts to promote apprenticeships, but argued that proposed cuts in funding to CTE and job training programs are contrary to the goal of building the nation’s workforce. “We value results over rhetoric,” wrote the 48 members of the coalition. “These budget cuts are incongruent with the promise you made to the American people.”
House to Consider Omnibus Spending Bill -- The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider an eight bill omnibus appropriations bill as they have returned from August recess. The bill will include the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies spending bill, which included level-funding for the FY18 allocation for Perkins Basic State Grants and National Programs. It will be bundled with seven other appropriations bills in H.R. 3354, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, when it goes to the House floor. In addition, the appropriations process in the Senate is likely to pick up again in early September. Thanks to our partners at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE (the state directors for CTE) for sharing their resources with the entire CTE community.
Now would be a really good time to take a few minutes to either thank your Members of Congress for supporting Perkins funding or to educate them as to why they should support Perkins funding!