Information Regarding Perkins Funding

This information was provided by Delayne Havlovic and the ACTE National Office:

Please take action this week to help prevent cuts in federal Perkins funding: Please see the message below directly from the Association for Career and Technical Education. Last Friday, February 11th, the House appropriations bill outlines cuts to Perkins. Nebraska’s percentage cut is higher than the national average of 8% – we face a cut of 9.42%.

ACTE is urging as many people as possible to CALL members of the House and Senate. Calls are more appropriate as at this point as they are getting more attention than e-mails. In addition, so many other groups are also concerned with other cuts that we are not sure e-mails are even being read. A call will result in a message being heard or a voice mail being played. Please see the text below of ACTE’s Legislative Alert posted earlier today. Action will be needed from every CTE educator across our state. We also need to utilize our partners — adivsory board members, business partners, current students, former stduents, parents, administrators and other colleagues.

For more information information, please go to http://www.acteonline.org/legalert_021411.aspx. ACTE has provided a link to the House Appropriations bill, talking points and a chart breaking down the amount and percentage of loss this cut would translate into each state.

From The Association for Career and Technical Education –www.acteonline.org

House Slashes CTE Funding

On February 11, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a new FY 2011 appropriations bill, H.R. 1. The legislation completely eliminates funding for the Perkins Tech Prep program for the 2011-2012 school year, an 8 percent reduction in overall Perkins funds, and makes drastic cuts across other education and workforce development programs.

This bill is separate from the president’s budget proposal, released today for the following year, FY 2012, which suggests even deeper cuts to Perkins. The bill will be on voted on by the House starting tomorrow, and Members of Congress need to hear from you immediately. ACTE has set up a special Web page with more details on the bill, but you must act now to save CTE funding!

TAKE ACTION CALL your Representative and Senators today and tell them the cut to Perkins will harm your students, community and the economy! Ask Members to OPPOSE H.R. 1! Even though Senators are not considering the bill yet, if it passes the House they will be the last line of defense. You can call the Capitol Switch Board at 202-225-3121 (House) or 202-224-3121 (Senate) and ask to be connected to your Members’ offices.

Try to speak to the staff member that works on education and appropriations issues, if that staff member is unavailable, leave a detailed message. Use the talking points and chart on ACTE’s Web site to help make the case. Thank the staff member for their time, and report on the conversation to Jamie Baxter at ACTE.

Also, take time to contact business leaders, teachers, administrators, alumni, parents and anyone else who has a vested interest in CTE. Now is the time to activate the troops and show Congress what CTE programs do to ensure that our workforce has the education and skills to keep the country thriving!

PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE YOUR HOME PHONE OR E-MAIL WHEN CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE REGARDING THIS MATTER.

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