Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V): A Primer [April 15, 2022] [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Introduction: "The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act), as amended most recently by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V; P.L. 115-224), is the primary federal law supporting career and technical education (CTE) services offered within the states at the secondary and postsecondary education levels. CTE, once known as vocational education, consists of educational activities that provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for specific careers in current or emerging professions. CTE also prepares students for the labor market more broadly by integrating CTE with academic standards. [...] This report provides an overview of Perkins V, including its design, implementation, and funding as described in statute. After a brief introduction to CTE, the report is divided into sections that focus on a detailed description of the Basic State Grants (BSG), discuss National Activities and other programs under Title I, and summarize additional provisions under Title II. A final section summarizes Perkins V authorizations and appropriations. The appendices provide a brief history of federal involvement in CTE as well as formulas and allocations for the BSG."
CRS Report for Congress, R47071
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/