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Oppose Congressman Jason Lewis Career and Technical Education Amendment (Amendment 167, Division F)

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to oppose Congressman Jason Lewis’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Amendment, which proposes transferring funding from college access programs, such as TRIO and GEAR UP, and grants to Minority Serving Institutions to increase Career and
Technical Education funding. Career and technical education is critical, but not at the expense of programs that support low-income students and students of color. By taking funds away from college access programs and giving it to CTE, this amendment insinuates
that students of color and low-income students need direct-to-workforce training but not better access to a college degree, which is offensive and misguided. All students need access to both high quality CTE and college, and robbing one option to fund the
other shortchanges millions of students.

The TRIO and GEAR UP programs are designed to help low-income students and students of color – many of whom attend Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), whose funding is also at risk in this amendment – to access, afford, and complete their college education.
Congressman Lewis’s amendment promotes the idea that programs meant to improve college access and higher education achievement for low-income students and students of color is valued less than career and technical programs, which often are directed towards
a similar population of students. All programs, whether they are CTE programs, programs such as GEAR UP and TRIO, or funding for MSIs should be valued for the path they allow students to choose, and they should be funded at robust levels. One should not be
valued over the other.

We urge our colleagues to vote no on this amendment. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Payne at Alex.Payne@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

ROBERT C. “BOBBY” SCOTT

Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce

CEDRIC L. RICHMOND

Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus

DANNY K. DAVIS

Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Education and Labor Taskforce

BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN

Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Education and Labor Taskforce

FREDERICA S. WILSON

Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Education and Labor Taskforce

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