Perkins Act

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) provides federal support for CTE programs in all 50 states and the territories. The law focuses on the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability. Perkins includes a new requirement for programs of study (POS), which is intended to seamlessly link academic and technical content across secondary and postsecondary education. Perkins was originally due for reauthorization in 2012, but that deadline was extended until the end of the 2013 fiscal year. Read the full text of the law here

Perkins is the largest federal investment in America’s high schools and a significant source of support for postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs. Nevertheless, Perkins funding has experienced significant reductions over the past several years, which has limited its ability to support high-quality CTE programs. At a time when enrollment in CTE programs is growing and the demand for skills training is increasing, the need for additional funding and resources is critical. A newly reauthorized Perkins Act is therefore essential to ensuring CTE programs receive the necessary federal investment to support the development and access to high quality CTE programs throughout the United States.

The Push for Reauthorization 
Advance CTE (formerly NASDCTEc) has offered recommendations for Perkins reauthorization that reflect our Vision for CTE. In addition, Advance CTE (NASDCTEc) was joined by ACTE, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Educational Service Agencies and the American Association of Community Colleges in developing this FY 2016 funding request, which encourages Congress to restore funding to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to pre-sequester levels.

On May 17, the House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (the bill that would reauthorize Perkins). You can read a summary and analysis of H.R. 2353 here, and a letter sent in support of the bill, with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), here

Further Resources

U.S. Department of Education Perkins Reauthorization Proposal