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.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on passing Perkins CTE

In case you missed it, IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty today shared her thoughts on the importance of aligning today’s education and training with the evolving skill needs of the American economy. To that end, she called on the Senate to pass legislation that will modernize and reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Here’s the link:

IBM has seen firsthand how American students, businesses and communities benefit from education programs like those made possible by this critical Perkins Act update. Through the Pathways in Technology Early College High School – or P-TECH – model, which IBM pioneered, schools are integrating the best elements of high school, college and career training, and experiential learning by aligning rigorous academics with a career focus. P-TECH schools operate within existing state budgets, and students are admitted with no special tests or requirements, receive paid internships and are paired with mentors from the business community.

In just six years, P-TECH students – many from traditionally underserved communities – graduate with an associate degree and skills aligned with to STEM and high-wage careers. This model, which is building national and international momentum, was designed to be both widely replicable and sustainable, and is showing the power and potential of closer alignment between skills education and actual labor market needs.

IBM applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing Perkins reauthorization legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support, and urges the U.S. Senate to embrace this spirit and move quickly to send this important bill to the President’s desk.

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.

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

Perkins Coalition sends Letter to Congress with 350 Organizations in Support of Perkins Reauthorization

NUDGE ON CAREER EDUCATION: A coalition of 350 businesses and organizations is sending a letter to members of Congress today prodding them to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The letter encourages Congress to align career and technical education program to the needs of local labor markets. It also encourages the use of “industry-recognized” credentials. Signers include Fortune 500 companies such as IBM. The letter: