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Nominate your EXCELLENT programs and people for a TACTE Award!!

Do you have programs you would like to recognize? How about a teacher? A student?

Tennessee Association for Career and Technical Education is taking nominations for the 2018-2019 school year for the following awards:

TACTE Teacher of the Year

TACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

TACTE New Teacher of the Year

TACTE Administrator of the Year

TACTE Career Guidance Award

TACTE Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award

TACTE Lifetime Achievement Award

Find the application here: 2018_19 TACTE Awards Program

The deadline is May 31.

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Big Win for CTE as Perkins Funding Increased in FY 2018 Omnibus

ACTE’s work and that of other CTE advocates and stakeholders has paid off! Last week, Congress approved the long-awaited omnibus appropriations bill to fund federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, and Perkins Basic State Grants will receive a $75 million increase! This is the first increase in a number of years for Perkins (the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget actually requested a 15 percent cut to the state grant program) and it is a strong sign of the growing support for CTE on Capitol Hill.

Overall, the omnibus includes a $3.9 billion increase in discretionary funding for the Department of Education, and a $192 million increase for discretionary funding for the Department of Labor. In addition to the Perkins increase, other notable increases include:

  • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (ESSA Title IV-A) – Increased $700 million, to $1.1 billion in its second year of funding. This program can provide funding to CTE programs, particularly in the areas of career exploration and college and career guidance, technology and STEM.
  • Pell Grants  Increases the maximum Pell grant by $175, to a total of $6,095.
  • Work Study – Increased $140 million, to $1.1 billion.
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities – Increased $50 million to a total of $145 million.

Congress is already working on FY 2019 funding, so it is important to continue to engage with your Members of Congress to thank them for this initial investment and keep up the momentum for increased CTE funding going forward.