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Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Perkins Act

May 5, 2017

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."

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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