This morning the Obama Administration outlined its budget priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, including proposals for funding the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). Perkins funds secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in every community in the nation.
The Administration's budget recommends an overall increase of 2 percent for the U.S. Department of Education. Perkins is not slated to receive any of this increase, with a recommended budget of $1.117 billion - the same as the final FY 2014 appropriation.
"Each year, the Administration has talked about the importance of investing in education and its connection to restoring and growing the American economy, yet today's budget proposal does not reflect this priority. Fully funding the Perkins Act would be a tremendous signal that the Administration is serious about closing the skills gap and ensuring all students have access to high-quality Career Technical Education," said National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) Executive Director Kimberly Green.
"Career Technical Education has a proven track record of closing equity and achievement gaps while helping youth and adults to garner the skills and knowledge to secure good-paying jobs and pursue further education. Rather than investing in new initiatives, we believe it would be better to fully fund Perkins - a program with a long, proven history of success," she concluded.
NASDCTEc is committed to ensuring equitable access to high-quality CTE and looks forward to a thoughtful reauthorization process that will reflect the needs of the nation's employers, students and the priorities of the CTE community.
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTEc) was established in 1920 to represent the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult career technical education across the nation. NASDCTEc, through leadership, advocacy and partnerships, aims to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers, and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy.