This week, the House Appropriations Committee voted to advance their 2018 education funding bill. As we recently reported, 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. Full article: http://ctepolicywatch.acteonline.org/2017/07/education-funding-bill-advances-in-house.html

The funding measure was approved by the education appropriations subcommittee last week. 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.” Please take a few minutes to tell your Members of Congress to support Perkins funding!