May 4, 2017 – Silver Spring, M.D.: Today, Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). This bill builds on last year’s effort to reauthorize the Perkins Act, H.R. 5587, which overwhelming passed the House in September 2016 but was not considered in the Senate.
Following the bill’s introduction, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE released the following joint statement:
“We commend the bill’s sponsors for their continued commitment to a bipartisan Perkins reauthorization process and to their dedication to strengthening the CTE ecosystem. Previous efforts to reauthorize Perkins took important steps to promote high-quality CTE programs of study, give states and locals additional flexibility to meet local employer and student needs, promote program alignment and streamline administrative requirements. We hope this year’s reauthorization will build on past efforts to enhance and expand access to high-quality CTE programs for students all across the country.
“The Perkins Act is a critical investment in our nation’s education and workforce development systems and helps to prepare youth and adults for success in the 21st century economy. On behalf of tens of thousands of CTE professionals, we look forward to continuing to work with Congress as the reauthorization legislation moves forward.”
Katie Fitzgerald, Advance CTE
Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
About Advance CTE:
Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.