Issue Brief 16-35
July 14, 2016

On July 7, the House Education and Workforce Committee approved  the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587), with bipartisan support.  The bill would amend and reauthorize career and technical education (CTE) programs authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. It would increase authorized funding authorized for Career and Technical Education State Grants (hereafter referred to as the state grants program) by 1% annually, and provide states with greater flexibility and control.

This Issue Brief provides background on the state grants program, and summarizes major provisions of the bill.


Update: This brief was updated on July 18, 2016, to reflect an amendment adopted on July 7 affecting the Career and Technical Education State Grants hold-harmless provision.