Governors to Congress: Recognize Our Role as Education Leaders

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association today released the following statement on Congress’ introduction of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act reauthorization bill:

“Career and technical education (CTE) is central to governors’ economic agendas. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act builds on states’ efforts to prepare students for high-tech, in-demand jobs. The legislation also reflects governors’ principles for Perkins reauthorization, including an increase of the state set-aside to 15 percent and greater alignment of CTE performance measures with workforce, postsecondary and K-12 education systems.

However, the nation’s governors believe it is critical that Perkins reflect our substantial role in ensuring student success, consistent with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Every Student Succeeds Act. We appreciate the House taking this first step to accelerate CTE innovation and look forward to working with Congress to support a seamless progression from early childhood to the workforce.”