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Carl D. Perkins Act

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The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 was passed by Congress in 2006. The current Act of 2006, (also known as Perkins IV) amends the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III). Funding for Perkins IV is authorized for fiscal years 2007-2012. The 2006 Perkins Act is a federal career and technical education funding act that provides for program improvement to integrate academic and technical instruction.

The Carl D. Perkins Act is intended to supplement, not supplant. Perkins funds are to be used to supplement the educational programs generally offered with state and local resources. To be in compliance with this requirement, a district may not divert state and local funds from an activity merely because Perkins funds are available. In accordance with other federal funds, districts may only use Perkins money to provide supplemental services that would not have been provided had the Perkins funds not been available.

Perkins IV Act includes new requirements for "programs of study" that link academic and technical content across secondary and postsecondary education, and strengthened local accountability provisions that will ensure continuous program improvement.

Washington State's career and technical education courses are currently approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and are taught by an instructor who has a current career and technical education certification and whose certification matches the instructional area.

The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, is:

"to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs, by-

  1. building on the efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
  2. promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
  3. increasing State and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including tech prep education;
  4. conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services, and activities;
  5. providing technical assistance that-
    1. promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and local levels; and
    2. improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
  6. supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries; and
  7. providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive."

Note: By accepting the Carl D. Perkins federal grant award, districts agree to abide by all federal and state assurances as required of that money.