STEM Education / Career Development / Changing Workforce

Perkins Career and Tech Ed law reauthorization passed by US House

By Andrew Ujifusa, for Education Week

Sep 14, 2016

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The House of Representatives voted to approve a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act on Tuesday, after the House education committee unanimously backed the bill earlier this year.

The Perkins Act has not been reauthorized since 2006, but the proposed reauthorization, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, makes several notable changes to existing law. Among them are:

  • There's a new definition of which students can be classified as "concentrators" in career and technical education. The bill defines a concentrator as a secondary student who has "completed three or more career and technical education courses, or completed at least two courses in [a] single career and technical education program or program of study."
  • States would be able to withhold a greater share of their federal CTE funding under Perkins for their own competitive grants or formulas.
  • A new grant program, overseen by the education secretary, would award money to programs that align CTE with states' workforce needs. 
  • Schools are supposed to get less paperwork dumped on them when it comes to CTE.

The House committee passed the bill by a vote of 37-0 in July.

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