Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act was first authorized by the
federal governmentin 1984 and reauthorized in 1998. Named for Carl D. Perkins, the act aims to increase the quality of technical education within the United Statesin order to help the economy.
On August 12, 2006 President
George W Bushsigned into law the reauthorization of the Act of 1998. The new law, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, was passed almost unanimously by Congress in late July, 2006.
The new law includes three major areas of revision:
*1) Using the term "career and technical education" instead of "vocational education"
*2) Maintaining the Tech Prep program as a separate federal funding stream within the legislation
*3) Maintaining state administrative funding at 5 percent of a state’s allocation
The new law also includes new requirements for “programs of study” that link academic and technical content across secondary and postsecondary education, and strengthened local accountability provisions that will ensure continuous program improvement.
The Perkins Act provides almost $1.3 billion in federal support for career and technical education programs in all 50 States. The law will extend through 2012.
Association for Career and Technical Educationencourages its members to contact their legislators to advocate for Perkins funding. It also provides [http://www.acteonline.org/policy/legislative_issues/Perkins.cfm news and guidance] to help career and technical educators understand details of the law.
* [http://www.acteonline.org/policy/legislative_issues/Perkins_background.cfm] ACTE Online Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Background Page
United States Department of EducationPerkins reauthorization page
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