Magazine article Techniques

Time to Focus on Funding

Magazine article Techniques

Time to Focus on Funding

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The 106th Congress is now underway with many complicated political and constitutional issues to tackle and the eyes of the world watching more closely than ever. While differences of opinion abound regarding the impeachment proceedings, it is clear that this issue will continue to monopolize the congressional stage at the start of this new session. At the same time, a critical eye is being cast toward lawmakers to see that they do not neglect key legislative issues, including funding priorities for fiscal 2000.

For career and technical education, FY 2000 is a pivotal year. It is the first year of our new authorization law, the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998. After several years of stagnant funding while awaiting the completion of this law, it is time for Congress to give funding for these programs a significant boost. The slow authorization process resulted in funding that barely kept pace with inflation over the past few years.

Last year's appropriations agreement resulted in a 12 percent increase overall for programs funded under the Department of Education. New initiatives like reducing class size for the primary grades took much of the new funding and made the headlines, while proven programs like the Perkins Act were slighted.

Congressional support for career and technical education finally was proven through the unanimous votes on passage of the final Perkins reauthorization bill in October 1998. Such votes, however, do not actually provide funds, as these are assured only through votes on appropriations bills. …

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