ACTE Policy Agenda
ACTE is currently involved in legislative efforts and broader policy work on a wide range of issues affecting the career and technical education (CTE) community.
Pending/Current Congressional Action
- Federal funding for CTE through Perkins helps to build the capacity of secondary and postsecondary institutions to prepare students for college and career success, and is essential to moving our economy forward.
- Read ACTE's priorities for federal investment in CTE here.
- Learn the latest news about federal funding for CTE on the CTE Policy Watch Blog here.
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
- The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) is the principal source of dedicated federal investment in CTE. It supports the efforts of states, school districts and postsecondary institutions to improve their programs and ensure all students have access to high-quality CTE.
- The Perkins Act was last authorized on August 12, 2006, as Public Law 109-270. It is currently scheduled for reauthorization, with the original authorization period ending on June 30, 2013, but continues with congressional funding.
- Read ACTE's reauthorization priorities for Perkins here.
- Learn the latest news about the Perkins Act on the CTE Policy Watch Blog here.
Higher Education Act
- The Higher Education Act (HEA) supports postsecondary institutions nationwide, including two- and four- year degree granting programs, as well as those that culminate in a certificate or other non-degree credential. Major components of the law include provision of student financial assistance, teacher preparation and institutional accreditation.
- HEA was last reauthorized in 2008 as Public Law 110-315, titled the Higher Education Opportunity Act. It is currently scheduled for reauthorization, with the original authorization period ending after 2013.
- Read ACTE's reauthorization priorities for HEA here.
- Learn the latest news about HEA on the CTE Policy Watch Blog here.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program supports initiatives to address barriers to economic success and help struggling families. Among the program's many strategies, TANF provides individuals living in poverty with opportunities to gain the education and training needed for sustained employment.
- TANF was last reauthorized through the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Public Law 109-171, which authorized the program through 2010. The program was extended through the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for 2015, which provided TANF with federal funding through September 30, 2016.
- Read ACTE's reauthorization priorities for TANF here.
- Learn the latest news about TANF on the CTE Policy Watch Blog here.
Federal Policy Implementation
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
- The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) supports elementary and secondary schools nationwide, through programs including formula grant funding, teacher training, technology and counseling initiatives.
- ESEA was last reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2016 as Public Law 114-95. It is authorized until September 30, 2020.
- Learn about ESSA implementation and access additional resources here.
- Learn the latest news about ESSA implementation on the CTE Policy Watch Blog here.
Workforce Investment Act
- The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) creates and strengthens job training programs nationwide, delivered through One-Stop centers, job training and education programs that are connected to local industry demands.
- WIA was last reauthorized as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014 as Public Law 113-128. It is authorized until September 30, 2019.
- Learn about WIOA implementation and access additional resources here.
- Learn the latest news about WIOA implementation on the CTE Policy Watch Blog here.
Data Quality Initiatives
- Effective collection, analysis and sharing of data related to CTE programs are critical for successful measurement of student achievement. ACTE supports smart data collection and accountability systems that preserve student privacy while helping consumers make positive educational choices.
Veterans' Education Benefits
- Several federal programs provide financial support for veterans pursuing postsecondary education opportunities once they return home. ACTE supports streamlining pathways to career success and effective training opportunities for returning military service members.