I am a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education. (ACTE) and they sent the following along. If you want to support this legislation, contact your senator and House of Representatives Representative. I did.
Perkins Level-funded in Senate Spending Bill
On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill by a vote of 16-14 along party lines, following passage by the appropriations subcommittee earlier in the week. The bill provides $158 billion for a range of federal Labor-HHS-ED programs and includes level funding for Perkins! While we are still in the early stages of the appropriations process, this is a very positive sign that Congress recognizes the value and importance of CTE. Thank you for all your great advocacy work! In another victory, the committee also included a proposal in the bill to change the name of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education to the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. This is an issue that ACTE has been working on for a number of years and we are very pleased to see this positive momentum.
House Marks Up Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization
The House Education and Workforce Committee met on June 7 to mark up the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297). Introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the bill would reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. Causing controversy between the Republicans and Democrats on the committee was the fact that Rep. Foxx’s bill consolidates 27 programs into a single workforce investment fund. Read more…