Guam -Guam Senator Sam Mabini has written to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to express her concerns about federal cuts in spending for education and job training.
In her letter she urges the Congresswoman to encourage her fellow members of Congress to reach a compromise and avoid a year long Continuing Resolution [CR] to fund labor, health and education bills now before Congress.
In a release, Mabini says that the Association of Career Technical Education (ACTE) has warned that a year-long CR could raise issues in job training programs and education.
Senator Mabini is an active ACTE member and a strong proponent of career technical education on Guam.
She is quoted in the release as saying that “We need to take preventative measures to ensure that cuts will not happen. As an elected Senator of the 31st Guam Legislature, it is my concern and interest to ensure our citizens receive support as they work toward completing their education or training in various careers.”
READ Senator Mabini’s release in FULL below:
Senator Mabini urges Congress to finalize Appropriation Bills
HAGATNA, Guam — Continued concern about possible cuts for education and job training that may negatively affect Guam, Senator Sam Mabini urged Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to encourage members of Congress to reach a compromise for the final appropriation bills on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 to avoid a year-long continuing resolution (CR).
Senator Mabini expressed in a December 12 letter to Congresswoman Bordallo that an extended CR will result in a snowballing effect of negative outcomes. According to the Association of Career Technical Education (ACTE), a year-long CR could raise issues in job training programs and education. Among these is the possibility of a 1.5 percent cut provision for the current CR, a decreased amount for Perkins for the following year, and cuts to Career Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Senator Mabini, an active ACTE member, is a strong proponent for CTE on Guam. CTE calls for rigorous and relevant education in the classroom with focus on English, Science and Math to plan and prepare students for college and careers after high school.
“We need to take preventative measures to ensure that cuts will not happen. As an elected Senator of the 31st Guam Legislature, it is my concern and interest to ensure our citizens receive support as they work toward completing their education or training in various careers.”
For many completing education and training programs hinge upon support from local and federal services (ex. AHRD, GCC, and GDOE). CTE on Guam is successful upon contingent continued appropriations. An extended CR affects so many areas, including CTE programs which will negatively impact our students and job seekers.
“I strongly urge fellow members of Congress to complete the final bills for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education so that it will guarantee that our people can be provided with the best tools and programs possible to succeed in college and in the workforce.”
The Office of Senator Mabini received a letter on December 13 from Congresswoman Bordallo affirming that congressional leaders are currently negotiating compromised legislation for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Congresswoman Bordallo stated that she is in support of legislation for health, education, and job training and “will oppose any cuts which would adversely affect the core functions of our government.”