The “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” has passed the House and Senate and the president announced that he will sign the reauthorization bill into law.
The House and Senate passed the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” which is more commonly known as the Perkins Act.
American Farm Bureau Federation policy supports the reauthorization of the Perkins Act and sent a letter of support to the House last year regarding its bill.
Farm Bureau believes high school career and technical agriculture education programs are vital to developing the talent and leadership needed in the farming and agricultural service industries and to building the economic future of our rural communities.
This is a six-year reauthorization bill covering July 1, 2019 – June 20, 2025. The bill has an enactment date of July 1, 2019 and allows for a one-year transition period.
The bill authorizes $1.229 billion for fiscal year 2019 and increases that authorizing level to $1.318 billion by fiscal year 2024 for the Basic State Grant program. This program is not mandatory money and continues to be subject to the annual appropriations process.