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House Committee Unanimously Approves Legislation Reauthorizing the Perkins Act

On July 7, 2016, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce marked up bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Act, the only dedicated federal funding for career and technical education (CTE) at the secondary level. H.R.5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, focuses on areas where improvements can be made to current law, building upon its past successes and enhancing aspects of the Perkins Act, which will help to better serve both workers and employers. The bill is designed to:

  • Align CTE programs to the needs of the regional, state, and local labor market;
  • Support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary and post-secondary institutions and employers;
  • Increase student participation in work-based learning opportunities; and
  • Promote the use of industry recognized credentials and other recognized post-secondary credentials.

H.R.5587 was passed out of the Committee by a vote of 37-0 and now awaits consideration by the full House. IEC joined 29 other organizations in a letter sent in advance of the hearing supporting the bill. Similar legislation has yet to be released in the Senate.