AASA Statement on the Youth CareerConnect Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 19, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the announcement of President’s Obama’s $100 million competitive grant program called Youth CareerConnect. The program is designed to prepare high school students for careers in high technology.

“AASA applauds the administration’s continued interest in advancing education policy. Today’s announcement of the new Youth CareerConnect program is a bold step in the conversation of preparing students for high-tech careers.

“Echoing the sentiment of Chairman Kline’s remarks from this morning’s House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing, we believe this competitive proposal distracts from Congressional efforts to reauthorize the already existing Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education program, the source of $1 billion in career and technical education funding. We are opposed to the administration’s continued reliance on competitive funding as the primary way to provide additional funding to a limited number of the nation’s schools, and urge the administration to collaborate with Congress to bolster career and technical education opportunities for all students, not just those lucky enough to win a grant.”

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