Stop me if you have heard this one before. Last week Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund programs for the Department of Education as well as other federal agencies whose Fiscal Year 2010 funding bills have yet to be approved by Congress and signed by the President.
The most recent resolution was approved on October 29 and provides stopgap funding for the government at FY 2009 levels until December 18, 2009. This means two things: 1) the government will continue to function without fear of a shut down, and 2) speculation that Congress might stay in session until near Christmas to finish appropriations bills, health care reform and other priorities seems more and more likely.
The House of Representatives passed their Labor HHS Education Appriopriations bill on July 24. It includes flat funding for all programs authorized under the Perkins Act. The Senate has not yet voted on their version of the bill. It has only gotten as far as approval by the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 30. That bill also includes flat funding for Perkins, so it is almost certain that we will see no increase in Perkins funding for FY 10.