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A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides federal support to career education programs. The proposed legislation builds on a similar bill that passed the House last year but was not considered by the U.S. Senate.

The bill's sponsors said this version would give states more flexibility in how to use the federal money. It also would tighten the program's focus on in-demand jobs, reduce administrative burdens and ensure the participation of underserved students.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and AdvanceCTE in a joint statement applauded the proposed legislation.

“We commend the bill’s sponsors for their continued commitment to a bipartisan Perkins reauthorization process and to their dedication to strengthening the CTE ecosystem," the two groups said. "Previous efforts to reauthorize Perkins took important steps to promote high-quality CTE programs of study, give states and locales additional flexibility to meet local employer and student needs, promote program alignment, and streamline administrative requirements."