Technical Education Bill Heads to President's Desk
July 26, 2018—President Donald Trump could sign a bill revamping federal career and technical education law any day now, reported Politico.
The House today will consider Senate changes on H.R 2353, according to the report. The Senate on Monday night passed H.R 2353 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.
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.
Advocates from the Association for Career and Technical Education and Advance CTE said they don’t expect any regulations or non-regulatory guidance to accompany the law, so they’re hoping Hill staff can clear up a few concerns as the bill gets to the finish line. For example, the groups worry the bill is too broad when it comes to how state and local career and technical education dollars can be spent. The groups have told Senate education leaders that those funds should “be tightly focused on the activities that are most closely related to CTE program quality and student achievement.”