FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2018
Katie Fitzgerald, Advance CTE
Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE
ACTE and Advance CTE Statement on Perkins Markup
Alexandria, VA – ACTE and Advance CTE released the following joint statement in response to the June 24, 2018 Senate version of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins).
“We greatly appreciate the focus of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the reauthorization of the Perkins Act, and the hard work of committee Senators and their staffs to create a bipartisan reauthorization bill.
“We believe it is important to have a clear, coherent federal policy that vigilantly focuses on improving career and technical education (CTE) programs around the country, and that seamlessly aligns planning, spending and accountability systems to ensure all students have access to high-quality CTE. Our goals for reauthorization include streamlining current requirements to focus on the essential elements that drive CTE student achievement, and creating a framework in which state and local recipients have the flexibility to design programs and services to meet the unique, data-driven needs of their communities and every learner who chooses to participate in CTE.
“We look forward to continue working with the Senate to improve the bill and meet these goals to address the needs of both the CTE system and the students it serves, as well as the growing need for skilled workers across the entire country.”
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
About Advance CTE:
Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.