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Recommendations for the Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Oct 29, 2015

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The nation’s economy is only as strong as the educational foundation that supports it. Economic success in the twenty-first century requires a labor force capable of demonstrating advanced levels of both knowledge and skill. To be a true engine of growth, the nation’s education system must be aligned with these demands. This is why the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the nation’s largest federal investment in secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE), is both critical and timely.

The next reauthorization of Perkins must ensure that opportunities provided at the secondary school level are relevant, engaging, of high quality, and aligned with career demands that lie ahead, and that such opportunities place a targeted focus on youth who are traditionally the least likely to have access to the educational opportunities that prepare them for college and a career.

These recommendations from the Alliance for Excellent Education, ConnectEd, the Linked Learning Alliance, and NAF focus on strengthening integration of career and technical education and rigorous academics; aligning Perkins with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; strengthening partnerships with business and institutes of higher education; and strengthening career pathways.

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