Perkins Act

Modernized Perkins Act Finally Passes!

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Across the country families are completing their annual back-to-school rituals. Binders and backpacks are flying off the shelves and students are returning to the familiar flow of the classroom. But this year something big has changed, something that will have an immediate and positive impact on American education.

This week the modernized Carl D. Perkins Act became law. You may have heard of Perkins before—it’s the law that funds career and technical education in the US. But for nearly a decade Perkins-funded programs have failed to keep pace with the 21st century skills students need to enter the workforce. The skills gap has continued to widen and fewer job-seekers have the skills to fill jobs in today’s fastest-growing fields.

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