SPECIAL FEATURE: Senate Passes Technical Education Bill
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In continuation of our monthly updates on workforce solutions, we provide a federal policy update of importance to the industry. This week the U.S. Senate passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by bipartisan vote, paving the way for final reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. The Act, first authorized in 1984 and reauthorized in 1990, 1998 and 2006, would provide important funding and program support for career and technical education programs throughout the U.S. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Senate version of the bill before the August recess, and if approved would then go to the President for signature. It would likely go into effect July 1, 2019. CPA has signed onto several National Association of Manufacturing coalition letters in support of reauthorization, which would give a boost to local and regional technical education programs across the country. See Senate Committee Press Release. More Info: Jackson Morrill