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Support Lewis Career and Technical Education Amendment 167

Education & Workforce Chairwoman Foxx Supports

Cosponsors Reps. Paul Mitchell, Francis Rooney, Drew Ferguson, Lloyd Smucker, and Glenn Grothman

Dear Colleague:

I urge you to support my amendment increasing funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Grants and hope to address misinformation you may have received. My amendment does not cut funding to TRIO and GEAR UP, but continues funding these programs
at FY17 levels, the highest funding levels in program history. It does not touch funding for grants to Minority Serving Institutions, and claims to the contrary are disingenuous. My amendment simply reallocates a proposed
increase in funding to TRIO and GEAR UP over to CTE State Grants, a program of critical importance to our nation that has been woefully defunded over the past decade.

Career and technical education puts students on the pathway to a successful career and higher education is often a key stop along the way. CTE dramatically increases high school graduation rates, and 91% of graduates who earn two to three CTE credits go
on to enroll in college. Dual enrollment allows high school CTE students to begin earning college credit and significantly increases their likelihood of pursuing and completing college, all while saving their families a lot of money. The notion that CTE limits
college access is not accurate and threatens to undermine the important role CTE plays in improving college access for all our students.

One program should not be valued over the other, but the current bill does this by giving yet another increase to TRIO and GEAR UP while leaving CTE funded $60 million below its 2007 level. This hardly matches our rhetoric on addressing the skills gap and
valuing CTE as a great option for our kids.

It is unfortunate to see partisan politics injected into workforce development policy. These efforts attempt to undermine crucial discussions on allocating taxpayers’ dollars in the best interest of our students and our nation. If you have any questions,
please contact Marek Laco at


Jason Lewis

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