Legislation Currently Being Considered Regarding Technical Education
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act was first legislated on the federal level in 1984 and later reauthorized in 1998. The act seeks to increase the quality of technical education in the U.S. as a key component in improving the economy.
The Senate has not introduced their own Perkins reauthorization bill, but instead a bipartisan group of Senators has been working on a draft for several months. Its goal: A reauthorization that strengthens access to high quality career and technical education for all workers and all industries.
Any action to move the legislation forward will have to wait until September. In the mean time, it’s not a bad idea to weigh in with your local representative and check in on this bill every so often.