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

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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

ESEA Reauthorization Bills Head to the Floor in House and Senate

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This week, the full House and Senate will consider bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Senate will begin debating and amending the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), a bipartisan measure that was passed unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in April. The House is scheduled to complete its work on the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which has languished for months after debate originally was started on the House floor in February.

As we previously reported, the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act is the product of bipartisan negotiations between HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). Notably, the bill includes a provision, based on an amendment sponsored by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) during the committee markup, requiring the reporting of student attainment of CTE proficiencies on state and school report cards. This information is already collected under the Perkins Act, so this provision will provide parents, teacher and policymakers with information on student achievement in CTE without creating new reporting burdens. Other CTE-related issues that will likely be considered during the amendment process on the Senate floor include promoting teacher professional development focused on integrating academic and CTE content in the classroom, expanding college and career guidance programs, supporting career exploration in middle grades, and encouraging states to adopt college and career readiness performance indicators in their accountability systems.

Read more about ACTE’s thoughts on CTE in the ESEA bills here.