This week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 education funding bill. The bill proposes level funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant at $1.118 billion. Despite calls by the Trump Administration to cut the state grant program by 15 percent, the subcommittee chose to maintain funding for CTE!
Unfortunately, the subcommittee did propose to make significant cuts to other education and workforce programs. The bill would fund the Department of Education at $66 billion, which is $2.4 billion below the current FY 2017 level. It would eliminate ESSA Title II funds for educator training, which can support joint professional development and common planning time for academic and CTE teachers, as well as funding for innovation and research grants. The bill would cut funding for afterschool programs, and rescind $3.3 billion in “reserve” funds for the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income students pursue postsecondary education. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat, noted the potential long-term impacts of the funding bill on students. “If we do not investing in our children, we deny them the tools for their success,” said DeLauro.
For the Department of Labor, funding for employment and training services would be cut by $1.5 billion below the current level. The three state formula grants under Title I WIOA would be cut by $85.7 million overall. Despite recent efforts by the Administration to promote apprenticeships, the bill would also eliminate $95 million in funding for apprenticeship grants.
The bill will now be considered by the full Appropriations Committee next week. Please take a few minutes to tell your Members of Congress to support Perkins funding now!