Vocational Education Gets Modest Increase in New Federal Budget Bill
President Clinton on November 13 signed into law the $277 billion fiscal 1998 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education budget bill, approving about $1.147 billion in vocational education funding for the budget year that runs through next September.
The appropriations bill increases overall education funding for FY98 by about $3.2 billion and the Education Department's spending on vocational education by about $15 million. Perkins basic grants, tech prep and tribally controlled postsecondary institutions receive modest increases in the FY98 budget, while funding for national programs remains flat and the maximum Pell grant award increases from $2,700 to $3,000.
Perkins basic grant funding rises by about $12 million (from $1.016 billion to $.028 billion). Tech prep gets a $3 million raise (from $100 million in FY97 to $103 million in FY98), while tribally controlled postsecondary institutions will see their funding increase by $200,000, from $2.9 million to $3:1 million. Vocational education national programs are again funded at $13.5 million.
In addition, the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, which translates raw labor market data into usable material for workforce educators, receives a $1 million increase (from $8 million to $9 million) in the FY98 Labor Department budget. …