The economic success of the United States depends on a qualified and competent workforce that demonstrates advanced levels of knowledge and skill. It is incumbent upon the nation to ensure that its students have access to high-quality educational programs that prepare them for the jobs that exist in the twenty-first century. 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.
On June 22, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R.2353 – the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, introduced by Representatives G.T. Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL). All4Ed is pleased with several provisions within the bill, yet calls for strengthening the bill even further through seven key recommendations found in the document below.