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Congress, Administration Cuts to Career Technical Education Misguided, Harmful, According to ACTE and NASDCTEc

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Feb. 15, 2011 $1 billion $264 million $102.9 million

Under the Administration’s proposal, some states will lose up to 38 percent of funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs, and the House bill also cuts Perkins funds for each state. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) oppose both proposals because CTE plays a critical role in ensuring students are college- and career- ready and prepare adults for the global economy.

Ironically, the president released his budget yesterday at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology and lauded the school’s engineering programs, which benefited from Perkins funds. The school received Perkins funds to launch Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) Gateway to Technology instructional modules and help create a pipeline for the high school PLTW pre-engineering program offered at Parkville High School.

The Perkins program, which funds both secondary and postsecondary institutions such as community and technical colleges, provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s global workforce. It is the largest source of federal funds for secondary schools and has more direct links to business and industry than any other federal education program. Perkins provides funding for many of the courses that are helping adults learn new skills after losing their jobs.

$1.264 billion

Jan Bray

Research shows that CTE students are significantly more likely than their non-CTE counterparts to report that they developed problem-solving, project completion, research, math, college application, work-related, communication, time management, and critical thinking skills during high school. They also graduate at higher rates, have higher academic achievement levels than general track students, and earn more once in the workforce.

$264 million Kimberly Green

SOURCE Association for Career and Technical Education; National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium

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