Thompson Questions Education Secretary on Proposed Reductions to Career and Technical Training

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce yesterday held a full committee hearing to review the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for the Department of Education.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan served as the hearing witness, offering testimony and detailing the Administration’s budget request.  Representative Thompson, who serves on the full committee and as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, took the opportunity to address Secretary Duncan on the Administration’s funding proposal for CTE. 

Thompson, along with Rep. Langevin of Rhode Island, Co-Chair the CTE Caucus, a group of members working to enhance awareness of the importance of Career and Technical Training and advance policies that improve skilled labor education and support tech-related small business job growth. 

Recently, the Association for Career And Technical Education noted the following in their member’s legislative update:

Despite all the efforts to undermine CTE programs, on February 15, Congressional CTE Caucus Co-chair Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) made a statement on the floor asking his colleagues to join the caucus and support CTE. Rep. Thompson spoke about the importance of CTE and reminded members that these programs exist in every congressional district. He highlighted the importance of having trained, skilled workers and emphasized that CTE is the way to ensure we have a competitive, successful workforce. Reps. Thompson and Jim Langevin (D-RI) co-chair the caucus and have been circulating a letter asking other representatives to join…

In 2009, the Committee for Education Funding awarded Thompson the Outstanding New Member Award for his commitment to the nations’ students through advocating education as an investment in the future.

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