House Bill to Reauthorize Perkins Act

Late last week, U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support to career education programs.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act builds on a similar bill that passed the House last year but was not considered by the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan legislation aims to improve career and technical education program quality to "meet the realities and challenges facing today's students and tomorrow's economic needs."

According to a fact sheet, the bill:

  • Empowers state and local community leaders by simplifying the application process for receiving federal funds and providing more flexibility to use federal resources to respond to changing education and economic needs.
  • Improves alignment with in-demand jobs by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building better community partnerships, and encouraging stronger engagement with employers.
  • Increases transparency and accountability by streamlining performance measures to ensure CTE programs deliver results, empowering parents, students, and stakeholders with a voice in setting performance goals and evaluating the effectiveness of local programs.
  • Ensures a limited federal role by reining in the secretary of education’s authority, limiting federal intervention, and preventing political favoritism.


Related Links

U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Press Release

Fact Sheet