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Robert Mauro

To be fair, there are several points that you do not address in your budget critique: 1) There presently exist over 50 job training programs within the federal government, spread over at least four cabinet departments. 2) Effectiveness of the programs is widely known to be questionable. We tend to measure job training programs by the amount of money allotted, not by the results. 3) Perkins is important, but let's not delude ourselves into thinking that it is the prime financial supporter of CTE. At most schools, it is 8-10 percent of the budget, with state and local funds carrying the load. As a comparison, Job Corps is funded at $1.6 billion, while Perkins would again come in at $1.1 billion. And where is the accountability for either!

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