Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act


Status in the House: Perkins was last reauthorized in 2006 and was originally due for reauthorization in 2012. On September 13, 2016, in a 405-5 vote, the House passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (the bill that would reauthorize Perkins). On June 22, 2017, H.R. 2353, an updated version of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, was brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the bill was passed on a voice vote without any objections. 

Status in the Senate: On June 26, 2018, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee marked up a bill to reauthorize Perkins. The bill passed out of committee on a unanimous voice vote. 

Advance CTE Recommendations: Advance CTE advocates for Perkins reauthorization based on these recommendations, which reflect the input and priorities of our members and our vision, Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE.

Purpose: Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers. Perkins reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support for CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improving accountability. Perkins affords states and local communities the opportunity to implement a vision for CTE that uniquely supports the range of educational needs of students — exploration through career preparation — and balances those student needs with the current and emerging needs of the economy.

Resources on the Current Law

Resources on the Reauthorization Process

Resources on the Federal Investment in Perkins

Advance CTE Members can also access additional resources on Perkins funding and uses.