Reauthorization marks first time since 2006 that career and technical education legislation has been updated

Today, President Trump signed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act into law, a bipartisan bill that supports career and technical education (CTE), providing approximately $1.2 billion per year for secondary and postsecondary programs.

The National Skills Coalition has weighed in on the potential benefits of the reauthorized Perkins Act, including the following improvements that closely align with workforce development priorities:

  • Improve alignment between federal workforce policy and CTE policy
  • Support the use of career pathways to drive student achievement
  • Further the use of sector partnerships to strengthen worker pipelines
  • Improve alignment between federal workforce policy and CTE policy

Importantly, the Perkins Act raises funding levels from $1.13 billion in FY 2018 to $1.21 billion in FY 2023—while the Senate proposal would start funding at $1.22 billion in FY 2019 and increase it to $1.32 billion in FY 2024.