February 17, 2016 - Flash Edition - FY 2017 Budget

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Flash Edition

February 17, 2016

CTE and Adult Education Initiatives — FY 2017 Budget

The Obama administration released its FY 2017—and final—budget on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  Its primary education themes are investing in educational equity and excellence; supporting teachers and school leaders; and promoting college access, affordability, and completion.  In a budget preview from the White House, under “expanding education and skill opportunities,” there are four initiatives. They are (1) providing computer science for all, (2) reforming Pell Grants (3) giving community college partnership tax credits, and (4) connecting young Americans with jobs and skills.  Additional information is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/02/05/president-will-release-his-final-budget-tuesday-heres-sneak-preview.  

Under the budget proposal, total budget authority for CTE and adult education in FY 2017 would rise to $1,808,686,000, as compared with $1,720,686,000 in FY 2016, including $1.2 billion for CTE state grants and $9.4 million for CTE national programs.  The request also includes $582 million for adult education state grants and $24.7 million for adult education national leadership activities.  Details of the CTE budget are provided below.

American Technical Training Fund

In addition to the $1.19 billion request for CTE state grants programs, the budget proposal includes $75 million for the American Technical Training Fund (ATTF) grant competition to build on lessons learned from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program and to ensure projects are well-integrated with local workforce systems.  This initiative would be jointly administered with the Department of Labor.  ATTF would provide competitive grants to support the development, operation, and expansion of innovative, evidence-based, short-term, or accelerated education and job training programs that enable youths and adults, particularly those from low-income families, to enter and complete career pathways that lead to jobs in in-demand industries and occupations.  

This initiative aligns with the Department’s reauthorization proposal, Investing in America’s Future:  A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/cte/transforming-career-technical-education.pdf), that contains initiatives to prepare students for high-skill and high-demand occupations.  The reauthorization proposal would also support reaching the president’s goals that every student graduates from high school college- and career-ready and that the United States will once again lead the world in college attainment levels.

Career and Technical Education:  National Programs

The proposed budget authority for CTE national programs would rise from $7,421,000 in FY 2016 to $9,421,000 in FY 2017.  Perkins IV specifically calls for the operation of a national center to carry out scientifically based research in CTE and for a national assessment of CTE programs under the act.  Most of these funds would support implementation of the administration’s proposal for a reauthorized Perkins Act (see the blueprint referenced above), through research, evaluation, data collection, technical assistance, and other national leadership activities, to improve the quality and effectiveness of CTE. 

The Department would reserve $2 million from the request to provide technical assistance and evaluation support for projects under the $75 million ATTF proposal (described above).  In addition, the Department would use $500,000 from the request to strengthen data collection efforts related to CTE conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. 

Adult Education

The proposed FY 2017 budget requests $512,120,000 for the Adult Education and Family Literacy State Grants and an additional $69,835,000 for the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program, maintaining level funding for these programs from FY 2016 appropriations. The FY 2017 funds would help meet the president’s goal of closing the opportunity and achievement gap so that every American has access to education, training and pathways to the middle class.   The state grants served approximately 1.6 million adults in FY 2016, helping them to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; obtain, for parents, the skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; complete a secondary education and transition to postsecondary education; and assist immigrants and other English language learners to improve their English literacy and understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.  The state grants will support the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law in July 2014, by promoting the use of career pathways and implementing a common performance accountability system, the workforce development system. 

Adult Education:  National Leadership Activities 

The FY 2017 budget proposal calls for an increase of $11 million in the national leadership activities budget, from $13,712,000 in FY 2016 to $24,712,000 in FY 2017.  $5 million of the increase is to help states meet the WIOA requirement to align adult education content standards with the challenging state-determined academic standards for grades K–12 required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The administration is also seeking $6 million to help meet WIOA data requirements.  The Department would use $5 million of this amount to advance the interoperability of data systems and to improve accurate and timely data reporting under WIOA, both of which would support greater accountability and transparency, better research and evaluation, and increased data-driven decision making.  The Department would use the remaining $1 million to provide technical assistance to states in the collection of their new WIOA data elements.  National leadership activities funds would also continue support for activities designed to enhance the quality and outcomes of adult education and literacy programs.  

For more detailed information on the FY 2017 education budget proposal, please visit http://www.ed.gov/budget ..