Federal proposal seeks 20 percent cut in funding for career and technical education aid

July 11, 2011
Administration puts funding emphasis on overall academic standards and college graduation rates

From The New York Times: Federal funding for vocational and technical education is at risk. President Obama has instead made it a priority to raise overall academic standards and college graduation rates, and aims to shrink the small amount of federal spending for vocational training in public high schools and community colleges. That aid comes primarily in the form of Perkins grants to states. The administration has proposed a 20 percent reduction in its fiscal 2012 budget for career and technical education, to a little more than $1 billion, even as it seeks to increase overall education funding by 11 percent.

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