CTE bill sent to Trump for consideration

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, clearing the legislation for President Trump’s signature.

Highlights of the final bill include:

  • Reauthorizes Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs through Fiscal Year 2024;
  • Proposes alignment with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for greater state and local flexibility to establish “high quality” programs and standards that are to correspond with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act for coordinated programming and reporting;
  • Requires disaggregated data reporting for student subgroups to help inform programmatic improvements for closing achievement gaps, similar to ESSA;
  • Allows states the option to reset their baseline funding levels one time to comply with maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements so that MOE would be at least 95 percent of a state’s fiscal effort per student, or 95 percent of a state’s aggregate CTE expenditures;
  • Requires local grant recipients to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment with stakeholders every two years, with priorities addressed in local grant applications to states; and,
  • Local grant applications must address several areas including plans to acclimate students to CTE/career exploration in earlier “middle grades,” effective academic and career counseling services targeted services for at-risk students, and career readiness for students pursuing employment opportunities in non-traditional fields.

National School Boards Association officials said the bipartisan bill modernizes a crucial piece of legislation that will expand college-and-career readiness opportunities for public school students.

“We look forward to continued work on CTE as we develop recommendations for implementation and oversight of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” said Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., NSBA’s Chief Legal Officer and interim Chief Advocacy Officer. NSBA’s full statement on the bill is available here.

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