House Committee on Education Approves Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

On July 7th, 2016, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 37 to 0. 

The legislation will:

  • Allow states more flexibility to use federal resources in response to changing education and economic needs
  • Improve alignment with in-demand jobs through innovative learning opportunities, better community partnerships, and stronger engagement with employers.
  • Enhance CTE through increased focus on employability skills, work-based learning opportunities, and meaningful credentialing 
  • Streamline CTE performance measures, by reducing administrative burdens and simplifying the process for states to apply for federal resources. 
  • Reduce administrative burdens and simplify the process for states to apply for federal resources.
  • Reward success and innovation by directing federal resources to replicate promising practices that best serve students and employers.  

Click here for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce's full press release.