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Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins)

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) provides federal support for CTE programs in all 50 states and the territories. The law focuses on the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability. Perkins includes a new requirement for programs of study (POS), which is intended to seamlessly link academic and technical content across secondary and postsecondary education. Perkins is due for reauthorization in 2012.

Perkins represents the largest federal investment in secondary education and is one of the largest sources of federal institutional support for community colleges. Perkins has been level funded at $1.27 billion dollars for several years and experienced cuts in FY 2011 appropriations. As demand for skills training increases and the number of CTE students has grown over the last decade, the need for additional funding and resources is critical.

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