Jay Jackman

Washington Beat -- March 2019

Blog Post created by Jay Jackman on Mar 12, 2019

This is a feature from the March 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


Perkins V Implementation – Advance CTE (the organization for the state directors of career and technical education) has developed some excellent resources to help those interested understand the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) better.


The resources related to Perkins V overview include:

  • Understanding the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) (PDF)
    An overview of Perkins including its purpose, how funds are distributed and why Perkins is an investment that matters.
  • Summary and Analysis of Perkins V (PDF)
    An overview of Perkins V, including state and local implications from Advance CTE and ACTE.
  • Major Tenets of Perkins V (PDF)
    A one-page overview of the major tenets of The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) from Advance CTE and ACTE.
  • Perkins V Recorded Webinar 8/2/18 (Webinar)
    A one-hour recorded webinar from ACTE that covers the main provisions of Perkins V.
  • Coordinating Across Perkins V and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (PDF)
    This guide from Advance CTE and the National Skills Coalition looks at six opportunities to promote coordination across Perkins V and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as states develop and implement plans under Perkins V.
  • Perkins V Reauthorization: Opportunities, Challenges and Risks for States (PDF)
    This toolkit by ExcelinEd looks at eight new opportunities in Perkins V for states to consider how to implement high-quality CTE programs.


Additional resources are available related to:

  • Access and Equity
  • Career Advisement and Development
  • Local Application/Local Needs Assessment
  • Cross-sector Strategies and Governance
  • Data and Accountability
  • Perkins State Plan
  • Secondary and Postsecondary Alignment
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication


Even though these resources are targeted for state CTE leaders, they are informative for all who are interested in knowing more about Perkins V.


Advance CTE also has a guide available, Key Tips for Engaging Policymakers, which provides advice on preparing to brief new leaders, with tailored guidance for and questions to expect from new governors, legislators, state board members, and K-12 and postsecondary leaders.



FY 2020 Administration Budget Request – The White House has just released its federal budget request for FY 2020.  For the third consecutive year, the administration’s budget request seeks to cut education spending. For FY 2020, a 12 percent cut for the U.S. Department of Education is recommended. Education Week is reporting that funding for teacher development under Title II, totaling $2.1 billion, would be eliminated, as would $1.2 billion in Title IV funding for academic supports and enrichment and $1.1 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers that support after-school programs. In total, funding for 29 programs would be eliminated in the federal budget. An early review suggests that the proposed CTE funding for FY 2020 is about the same as the actual appropriation for FY 2019 at about $1.3 billion.


Here’s the link to the FY 2020 budget request for the U.S. Department of Education.


Here's a link to a 4.5 minute video from the Alliance for Excellent Education that explains the impact of the Administration's budget request for the U.S. Department of Education.


Directly taken from Advance CTE's communications, some key programs of the Administration's budget request are highlighted below:

  • Investments in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V):
    • CTE State Grants: proposed level funding for the Perkins Basic State Grants at the amount provided by Congress in FY19. The President's budget also includes the recommendation that Congress authorize changes to increase the fees collected for H-1B visas and redirect 15 percent of that revenue to provide an increase in funding for CTE State Grants. However, we are still examining this proposal and at this point, it is unclear if this would be a practical way to ensure more resources for CTE State Grants and how much funding could be realized.
    • National Programs: proposed increase of $12.58 million above the amount provided by Congress in FY19 to support the new Innovation and Modernization grants authorized under Perkins V.
  • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, authorized under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which can support CTE as part of a well-rounded education: proposed for elimination.
  • Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants, authorized under Title II of ESSA, which can support CTE professional development: proposed for elimination.  
  • Pell Grants: proposed to keep the maximum Pell grant frozen at its current level, rescind $2 billion from the the Pell reserve (the unobligated funds for the program that have been previously appropriated), and expand the access to the Pell grant to short-term programs. Advance CTE is supportive of expanding Pell grants to shorter-term programs as outlined in the JOBS Act, which has bipartisan support.
  • State formula grants provided through Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): proposed level funding at the amount provided by Congress in FY19.
  • Adult Education and Family Literacy State Grants: proposed decrease of $156.2 million below the level provided by Congress in FY19.  
  • Apprenticeship grants: proposed level funding at the amount provided by Congress in FY19, noting that these funds should be directed to Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships.



2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar Agricultural Education Track – We are eager to welcome agricultural educators to the ACTE National Policy Seminar, March 24-27.  NAAE is paying the registration fee for an agricultural educator from 22 states to participate in the NPS.