WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement regarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s unanimous vote to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act:
“Our economy is enjoying a record high number of available jobs and record low unemployment. Americans should have the tools and training they need to take advantage of these new opportunities. The Perkins Act historically partners with states and local educational authorities to train people preparing for their careers or transitioning into new, high-growth industries that drive our economy. I’m encouraged to see this reauthorization includes a provision I’ve championed to eliminate an unfair funding formula that punishes high-growth population states, like North Carolina. This bill fixes the formula to properly reflect the needs of states that have recently experienced a massive population shift. It also encourages state and local authorities to assume more responsibility and offer more input, so we’re providing training and teaching that meets real needs on the ground. I look forward to the Senate’s passage of this important legislation as soon as possible.”
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is the primary federal program that supports career and technical skill development in our nation’s high schools, colleges and universities. The program provides roughly $1.2 billion in grant assistance to career and technical training curriculums.