Press Release

Statement From The Education Trust on the Committee Markup of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

Publication date: May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (05/17/17) – “The Education Trust applauds the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for advancing a bipartisan bill — the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act — to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

“The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is an improvement over current law and does address some of the issues that have plagued our career and technical education system by addressing data quality, focusing on actual workforce needs, better integrating the employer community, and providing opportunity for innovation.

But there’s more to do to promote a quality CTE experience for all students.

“The bill can and should include a greater focus on equity in CTE access and outcomes. It should do more to promote useful data on students’ experiences in CTE. And it should make a greater investment in building an evidence base of CTE models that work, particularly for historically underserved students.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Members in both parties and both chambers to ensure this bill is a tool to truly transform CTE to meet workforce demands for all students.”

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