House Passes Career & Tech Ed Reauthorization

housechamberThe U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Program Tuesday (Sept. 13). The measure, officially called the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5587), passed by a vote of 405 to 5.

This bi-partisan bill aligns federal provisions governing career and technical education (CTE) with provisions for college- and career-readiness in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); encourages greater public-private partnerships among school districts, employers and institutions of higher education; increases opportunities for apprenticeships and credentialing; retains current formula grant funding; and, strengthens support for career guidance and academic counseling, as well as professional development for educators.

A detailed bill summary provided by the Association for Career and Technical Education is available here.

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) is finalizing a companion bill to H.R. 5587 that is expected to be announced soon.

Read More: NSBA’s Career & Technical Education Issue Brief, NSBA’s Center for Public Education research paper “The Path Least Taken: Preparing Non-College Goers for Success,” which illustrates how advanced courses with an occupational focus make a difference in student outcomes.