Why Career and Technical Education? Exploring Policymakers’ Expressed Motivations for Supporting Perkins V

Why CTE? Exploring Policymakers' Expressed Motivations for Perkins V

This report from the American Enterprise Institute explores the policy and media environment surrounding the reauthorization of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). It examines themes in how policymakers talked about Career Technical Education (CTE) before and after Perkins V was passed, focusing on differences by legislative chamber and party. The report finds that elected officials often underscored the skills gap, the importance of 21st century skills, state flexibility, local input, simplification, business partnerships and accountability in their communications about Perkins V. 

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June 2020