Today in both the House Minority press conference and the Senate Majority press conference there was discussion to remove some or all of the funding for career and technical education from the block grant. Rep. Gardner said she supports separating it entirely from block grant funding, while Sen. Thomas and Sen. Meyer said they will propose carving 2.5 percent out of the 20 percent for block grant funding for career-tech education in legislation they plan to introduce soon. Their proposal will also include raising the base student allocation to keep pace with inflation.
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