Governors: Passage of Perkins Reauthorization a Win for States and Students

New law will help governors connect education to workforce needs

WASHINGTONNational Governors Association (NGA) released the following statement on U.S. Senate and House passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act:

“The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, with the Senate’s amendments, transforms the federal Perkins Career and Technical Education policy into a tool that governors can use to boost student achievement and prepare the next generation of students for the future of work.

This bill empowers governors to shape policy at the intersection of education and workforce development to give students in every state the opportunities to pursue bright and successful futures.

We applaud the work of Senators Alexander, Murray, Enzi and Casey for building on the foundation provided by Representatives Foxx, Scott, Thompson and Krishnamoorthi to create a bicameral bill that brings together the White House, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as Democratic and Republican governors across the country.

Once signed, this new law will represent an innovative vision for states and students.”

About the National Governors Association 

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit