$20 million increase ( approximately 1.5%) to the Perkins Basic State Grant, as well as a $108 million increase for National Programs- of which $100 million would fund competitive awards for middle and high school CTE innovation projects aimed at advancing equity and $8 million would fund technical assistance and grant evaluations. The request also includes a new $1 billion annually for 10 years to support middle and high school career pathways that would occur through the passage of the American Jobs Plan.
Of the record 41% increase ($29.8 billion) for education programs, much of that funding is dedicated to new programs. For example, the $20 billion increase for Title I is designated for a new Equity Grants program with the purpose of addressing inequities in education systems. Some additional changes to existing programs include an increase of $200.8 million for Federal TRIO Programs and an increase of $5 million for rural school districts through the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP).
Some notable requests for labor programs include:
- Increase of $37.3 million for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult programs;
- Increase of $42.7 million for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth program that provide services to prepare low-income youth for academic and career success;
- Increase of $51.9 million for the Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) program that prepares justice-involved adult and youth for the job market; and
- Increase of $48.4 million for YouthBuild.
Advance CTE in partnership with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) released a statement on this proposal:
SILVER SPRING, MD (May 28, 2021): Today, President Joe Biden unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, including suggested funding levels for discretionary programs as well as detailed spending proposals for the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.
“The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V) Basic State Grant received a disappointing 1.5% proposed increase in funding, $20 million, compared to the overall U.S. Department of Education agency increase of 41% in the FY 2022 discretionary request, while the additional $1 billion dollars recommended for each of the next ten years through the American Jobs Plan represents an historic increase in CTE. The FY 2022 budget and the American Jobs Plan proposals nearly double the federal investment in Career Technical Education (CTE) when combining the increase to Perkins V and the proposed American Jobs Plan investment.
Advance CTE and ACTE look forward to working with the Biden Administration and Congress to secure an increase in Perkins V that is more reflective of the needs of the CTE community and to enact additional investments in CTE via the American Jobs Plan. These investments, together, will go a long way in remedying the historic underinvestment in CTE and helping to ensure each learner has limitless opportunities to access and be successful in the high-quality CTE program of their choice.”
Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice to advance high-quality CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career success for each learner.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.