Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act
Vote expected on reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 2353, the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act." H.R. 2353 recently passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously and is similar to legislation for CTE reauthorization that the House passed last September by a vote of 405 to 5. The following changes from last year's legislation, however, are to address program effectiveness and other areas. H.R. 2353 includes provisions to:
Clarify that states are to set their performance targets based on the process described in their state plan;
Restrict the secondary "non-traditional" and "program quality" indicators to only CTE concentrators who have taken two sequential CTE courses. (A CTE "concentrator" is a student who has taken three courses across programs or two courses in the same program.);
Clarify that states are to consult with state-level stakeholders when revising ineffective performance improvement plans;
Reaffirm the responsibility of the U.S. Secretary of Education to provide technical assistance, monitoring, and oversight related to the implementation of revised performance improvement plans;
Revise the maintenance of effort (MOE) language to allow states to reestablish state CTE funding allocations in the program year immediately following implementation. (States would be allowed some flexibility for MOE to "reset" their baselines one time to help those that have faced challenges with compliance. The limit on the reset is that the new state funding level would be at least 90 percent of the current funding level.); and,
Extend the deadline for the Secretary to review state plans from 90 to 120 days.
NSBA is advocating for passage of a CTE reauthorization that supports a strong academic component and credentialing programs to help our nation's school districts advance programs of study that meet the needs of both students and employers, and provide practical training through apprenticeships and other opportunities. Additional details are available here. Also, research findings from the Center for Public Education report on Career and Technical Education: Building New Pathways into the Labor Market are posted online.
Article courtesy of NSBA Legislative Highlights - June 19, 2017