The Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act, first authorized in 1984 and most recently reauthorized in 2006, provides federal funding and support for Career & Technical Education programs in all 50 states at both the secondary and post-secondary level. The 2006 Carl Perkins Act provided an increased focus on the academic achievement of Career and Technical Education students, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability.
Currently, the federal government is starting the process for reauthorizing the Carl Perkins Act, with the first congressional hearing being held on September 20. For a summary of the subcommittee meeting, use the following URL link.
With the current status of the federal government budget and other expired legislation that needs to be discussed and acted upon, it is highly unlikely that the Carl Perkins Act will be ready to be reauthorized during the current session. Until that occurs, a continuing resolution is often passed to continue funding at the current level until the reauthorization occurs.
Within the Grand Forks Public Schools, Carl Perkins funds help support the Career & Technical Education department through the purchasing of new equipment for the classroom, providing funds for professional development of staff, and reducing the salaries of specified CTE staff.
Eric Ripley, Director of CTE