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Perkins Hearing Hits on CTE Funding

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March 19, 2014

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Perkins Hearing Hits on CTE Funding

For the first time since November 2013, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the Perkins CTE Act reauthorization.  This was the first of two field hearings to be held this week, and was located at Southwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV.

Witnesses at the hearing included:

Testimony given before the committee focused primarily on the important role CTE has played in the success of students in Clark County and the state of Nevada, including a 17 percent higher cohort graduation rate for CTE students. Concerned about funding cuts to Nevada CTE programs, there was particularly heavy emphasis on the role CTE funding plays in creating opportunities for students. In particular, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) touted the need to ensure adequate funding levels for the Perkins CTE Act.

Other Members of Congress present at the hearing were also interested in how CTE programs are making connections between secondary and postsecondary institutions and with business and industry. Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) inquired specifically about the amount of time school principals spend connecting with local businesses and the flexibility schools have in modifying CTE curriculum to meet changes in industry demands.

The second field hearing will take place on March 20 at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, AZ. More information this first hearing, including video and witness testimony, is available from the House committee’s website.

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