ACTE, Advance CTE Release Statement on Perkins Reauthorization

SkillsUSA joins the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE in celebrating the passage of S. 3217, the bill reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins funding). Sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), the legislation will help more Americans get the skills they need to prepare for postsecondary education and compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs.

In a joint statement, ACTE and Advance CTE said, “We thank both the House and Senate for their hard work and commitment to create a bipartisan Perkins reauthorization bill.” The bill largely retains the current law’s focus on quality and system improvement. Additionally, the bill increases the reserve fund and expands career exploration into the middle school grades.

ACTE and Advance CTE pledged, “Should the bill be signed into law by President Trump, we look forward to working with Congress to ensure that the legislative language and intent are clear to states and locals and that these federal resources are dedicated to specifically advancing career and technical education (CTE).” ACTE and Advance CTE held a joint press call on July 24 to discuss the bill and answer questions from the media. Following approval of their bill, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released a statement and a fact sheet.

For the complete statement from ACTE and Advance CTE, go to: www.acteonline.org/press-releases/acte-advance-cte-statement-on-perkins-reauthorization/