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In Washington

Magazine article Techniques

In Washington

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House to resume negotiating FY2000 bill

As Congress returns from its August recess, members of the House panel that recommends funding levels for federal education programs are preparing to look for sources of federal funds to prevent cuts to education.

The House education appropriations panel in July twice postponed marking up a bill detailing proposed FY2000 funding for education, labor and other domestic programs. The panel haggled over how to adhere to federal budget caps without gutting domestic programs.

Although the appropriators didn't have a definite funding blueprint prior to leaving on their month-long recess, they were considering freezing funding for federal vocational education programs at the FY99 level and not funding school-to-work.

Meanwhile, education groups are urging Congress to support boosting education funding. The Committee for Education Funding, an umbrella group of education associations, stressed in a recent memo to federal lawmakers that if they adhere to caps imposed by the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, education programs will lose 10 to 15 percent of their federal appropriations. The group is seeking a $5 billion, or 15 percent, increase for education programs in FY2000.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), which is requesting a $250 million increase for Perkins programs and a $400 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award, is asking its members to call Congress to urge lawmakers to find ways to circumvent the budget caps which would result in cuts to education funding.

Clearing up Perkins, WIA guidance issues

The U.S. Education and Labor departments recently issued a memo to state education and labor officials explaining the funding relationship between the new federal vocational education and workforce development laws and the school-to-work law.

The memo notes that funding under Perkins III and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) can only be used on activities that are authorized by those laws to serve people who are eligible for the programs. …

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