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Big Win for CTE as Perkins Funding Increased in FY 2018 Omnibus

Thursday, March 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
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March 22, 2018

Big Win for CTE as Perkins Funding Increased in FY 2018 Omnibus

ACTE’s work and that of other CTE advocates and stakeholders has paid off! Last night, Congress released text of the long-awaited omnibus appropriations bill to fund federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, andPerkins Basic State Grants will receive a $75 million increaseif the omnibus is enacted! This is the first increase in a number of years for Perkins (the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget actually requested a 15 percent cut to the state grant program) and it is a strong sign of the growing support for CTE on Capitol Hill.

The omnibus is scheduled to be voted on in the House and Senate over the next two days, with hopes to complete it before the current CR expires on Friday evening. Overall, the omnibus includes $1.3 trillion in federal funding and addresses many priorities of both parties. Early analysis of the bill shows a $3.9 billion increase in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, and a $192 million increase for discretionary funding for the Department of Labor. In addition to the Perkins increase, other notable increases include:

  • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (ESSA Title IV-A)– Increased $700 million, to $1.1 billion in its second year of funding. This program can provide funding to CTE programs, particularly in the areas of career exploration and college and career guidance, technology and STEM.
  • Pell GrantsIncreases the maximum Pell grant by $175, to a total of $6,095.
  • Work Study –Increased $140 million, to $1.1 billion.
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities– Increased $50 million to a total of $145 million.

Due to the delay in finalization of the FY 2018 appropriations process, Congress is already working on FY 2019 funding, so it is important to continue to engage with your Members of Congress to thank them for this initial investment and keep up the momentum for increased CTE funding going forward.

Take Action

  • Use our onlinecongressional directoryto find your Members of Congress.
  • Contact your Members of Congress using theCTE Action Centeror by phone through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
    • Urge your Members of Congress to support the increased Perkins Basic State Grant funding in the FY 2018 omnibus appropriations bill.
    • Ask them to continue growing the investment in CTE in FY 2019 by increasing Perkins funding to $1.3 billion to finish restoring cuts made since FY 2007. For more details and talking points, seeACTE’s 2018 Legislative Priorities.

Your ACTE membership and dues directly impact our ability to serve as your advocate for CTE programs on Capitol Hill, and our efforts would not be possible without your support. Learn more about ACTE’s policy activities and the latest news on ACTE’sCTE Policy Watch blog. If you have any questions, please contact theACTE Public Policy Department.

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