Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CTE Faces Biggest Funding Threat in Years-Call Legislators!

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, makes an 8 percent reduction in overall Perkins funds, and makes drastic cuts across other education and workforce development programs.

If your state has merged Tech Prep with the Basic State Grant, you would lose a percentage of the Basic State Grant funds you receive. If your state still has a separate Tech Prep program, all funds for this program would be eliminated.

The is the worst threat to Perkins funding in years and requires all CTE stakeholders to take action!

Action Needed

1. 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! Call the Capitol Switch Board at 202-225-3121 (House) or 202-224-3121 (Senate) and ask to be connected to your Members' offices.
2. Use social media! Policymakers are using social media to engage with their constituents, and ACTE encourages you to do the same. ACTE has created a list of Twitter and Facebook accounts for every Member of Congress.
3. Forward information on this bill to business leaders, teachers, administrators, alumni, parents and anyone else who has a vested interest in CTE.
4. Get your local media involved.

Get talking points, social media contact lists for your legislators, and more athttp://www.acteonline.org/saveCTEfunding.aspx

Thank you in advance for taking action to save CTE! 

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