Magazine article Techniques

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Magazine article Techniques

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

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Career and technical education programs have once again been slighted by President Clinton in his annual budget submission to Congress. His administration proposes no overall increases for the Perkins Act for fiscal year 2001. To make matters worse, he is proposing to shift $200 million from the Perkins basic state grant to the tech prep program. With this unexpected twist, the administration pits one key program against another while doing nothing to increase support overall for career and technical education.

ACTE strongly supports tech prep and is pleased that the administration is interested in supporting increases. This program has proven to be a pivotal component in state and local efforts to upgrade and expand career and technical education programs that link secondary and postsecondary programs. Several years ago, the administration proposed merging this key program into the basic state grant, which ACTE opposed, so this turnaround to support tech prep is very positive in some ways.

In others ways, however, the proposal is highly destructive. To take the much needed increase for tech prep from the basic state grant undermines the foundation on which tech prep is based. The basic state grants provide program improvement support to career and technical education programs and activities at the state and local levels. …

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