Career and Technical Education Bill Rockets to Trump’s Desk

POLITICO | President Donald Trump could sign a bill revamping federal career and technical education law any day now as Congress wastes no time finalizing it.

The law, known as the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, governs more than $1 billion in grants to states and hasn’t been updated since 2006.

The revamped legislation would eliminate a negotiation process between states crafting goals for their career and technical education programs and the Education secretary, who approves those plans.

Instead, states would set their goals and the secretary would approve them, assuming they meet the law’s requirements. The bill would also require states to make “meaningful progress” toward their goals.

The Senate passed H.R. 2353 (115) after the House passed its version last year. The Senate also adopted a substitute amendment from HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to limit the Education Department's role in how the federal government doles out funding.

Career and technical education advocates told reporters that they expect the president to move quickly in signing the bill once the House adopts the changes.