Senate HELP to Markup Perkins CTE on June 20th

The Senate is finally scheduling action on  Perkins CTE.  Senate HELP Chair Alexander (R-TN) has announced that the Committee will vote on reforms to Perkins CTE on June 20th.

In an article in Bloomberg Government, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) said, he will mark up a bill even if he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the panel’s top Democrat, are unable to come to a bipartisan compromise on the legislation.

“Hopefully it will be bipartisan,” Alexander, the head of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, told Bloomberg Government today. He said several points of contention between him and Murray have yet to be worked out, but there was “no need to delay it any further.”

“If we have differences of opinion, we can just vote,” he said.


Alexander and Murray, along with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) had been working to craft a bipartisan bill, with the most recent round of discussions beginning within the last several months.

House E&W Committee Report with Description of House-passed Perkins Reforms

On the heels of passing H.R. 5587 by 405 to 5, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has shared its analysis of the legislation here.

The 18-page Committee Report provides the purpose, Committee Action, Summary, Committee Views, Section-By-Section Analysis, and additional materials related to the legislation.

CRS Analysis of House Passed Perkins Reforms Compared to Current Law

The Congressional Research Service comparison of current Perkins CTE law and the legislation passed by the House, H.R. 5587, is available here.

The document published by CRS on September 15th, 2016 is titled “Reauthorization of the Perkins Act in the 114th Congress: Comparison of Current Law and H.R. 5587”

The 14-page document goes through the provisions in the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (such as state plan approval) and compares current law to H.R. 5587.

CRS is part of the Library of Congress and provides Congress analysis that is authoritative, objective and nonpartisan.

House Passes Perkins Reauthorization

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the House of Representatives passed HR 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  The vote was 405 to 5 demonstrating the broad, bipartisan support for the program.   The vote can be found here and the debate (in truth, less debate and more statements of support) can be found at on C-Span

Perkins CTE voted for by House Education and the Workforce

Thursday, July 7 2106

The House Education and the Workforce Committee voted 37 to 0 for the Committee substitute for H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.  The legislation now proceed toward consideration by the full House of Representatives.

A letter in support of the legislation was sent to the Committee by over 200 companies, organizations and associations.

More about the Committee action can be found here

House Education and the Workforce introduces Perkins Reauthorization Legislation

The House Education and Workforce Committee has introduced bipartisan Perkins Reauthorization Legislation (see link below).  The “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” is sponsored by Rep. Thompson (R-PA) and cosponsored by Reps. Byrne (R-AL), Curbelo (R-FL), Clark (D-MA), Langevin (D-RI), and Nolan (D-MN)

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

Hearing in House Education and the Workforce Committee

On May 17, 2016 the House E&W Committee held a hearing on reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  Webcast of the hearing, opening statements, and testimony of the witnesses can be found at House Education and the Workforce Hearings

Witness List:

The Honorable Tim Kaine
United States Senator for Virginia

Mr. Paul Tse
Project Manager
Shapiro & Duncan, Inc.
Rockville, MD

Mr. Jason Bates
Toyota – Bodine Aluminum, Inc.
Jackson, TN

Dr. Monty Sullivan
Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Baton Rouge, LA