Call to Action

BREAKING NEWS!

July 26, 2018:  

 “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” was passed by the Senate on Monday, July 23 and by the House of Representatives on July 25. On July 26, the bill was sent to the President for signature.

CTE POLICY WATCH

 Check these sites frequently for updates as the US Congress takes up re-authorization of federal CTE legislation. 

PERKINS RE-AUTHORIZATION

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) has been passed by the Senate and House and is on it's way for presidential signature.  The US House of Representatives passed House Resolution 2353, their version of the new Career and Technical Education law, in 2017 and forwarded it to the Senate, which sent it to their HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) to address any changes or additions needed. 


Because H.R. 2353 did not specify  Family and Consumer Sciences as a permissible use of funds, The Coalition initiated an advocacy campaign to ensure Family and Consumer Sciences would be specified in the final version. Many FCS professionals and students worked with their constituencies to connect with members of congress to ask that FCS be specified. The campaign was successful and FCS is now specified in the permissible uses of local funds and by implication, state funds. This successful outcome reinforces the need to continue building relationships with your congressional members and their staffs. 


Actions to take:

  • Build an on-going relationship with your Senators and Representatives by speaking out on topics they're working on. Find your Senators and how to connect online. Find your Representative and how connect. 
  • Watch for alerts from The Coalition or one of its partner organizations. Reach out to legislators to encourage them to take action!
  • Work with your local and state decision makers to be sure they understand the legislation and continue to use Perkins funding to support FCS programs.

THESE RESOURCES BELOW HELPED US ALL SPEAK WITH A UNIFIED VOICE TO CONGRESS AND CTE STAKEHOLDERS.

(Resources will remain posted here for the time being for ease in retrieval and for archival purposes.)

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