President Signs FY19 Appropriations Bill That Includes $70 Million Increase for Perkins
On September 26 a "minibus" FY19 appropriations package was signed into law that includes a $70 million increase for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act's Basic State Grants, the first such increase in many years.
"NAPE is encouraged by the bipartisan efforts of Labor-HHS Appropriations and the Congress to increase FY19 funding for Perkins Basic State Grants," says NAPE CEO Ben Williams, PhD. "This value-added investment will help provide NAPE's state members with the means to increase student access to high-quality CTE programs while fostering educational equity and ultimately workforce diversity."
Williams also notes, "We are also pleased that Congress sees the value of making a needed investment to improve college affordability by increasing the Pell grant program." The maximum Federal Pell Grant for the 2018-19 award year will be $6,095, which is an increase from the 2017-18 maximum of $5,920.
NAPE looks forward to working with its state members, coalition partners, and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate the implementation of Perkins V and to utilizing the resources provided by Congress to continue to build educator's capacity, expand student access, and offer equitable options in CTE.
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