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Vocational and Techincal Education for the Future Act

May 4, 2005

Washington, May 4, 2005 - The U.S. House of Representatives today gave bipartisan approval to legislation to help states and local communities improve vocational and technical education and enhance opportunities for students. The Vocational and Technical Education for the Future Act , supported by Congressman Dana Rohrabcher, was approved by a vote of 416-9. “In this bill we’re protecting the role of states and local communities, and we’re asking for results in exchange for the money we’re already spending at the federal level,” said Rohrabacher. “Vocational and technical education is a vital component of our nation’s educational system. States and local communities use Perkins funding to help prepare youth and adults for a successful future.” The Vocational and Technical Education for the Future Act renews and reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, often known as the Perkins program. To improve opportunities for students, the bill would:

  • Focus on academics without expanding the federal role in education;
  • " Streamline bureaucracy and give more money to local communities;
  • " Emphasize success at the local level;
  • " Ensure equitable treatment for private school students;
  • " Improve professional development for teachers; and
  • " Strengthen opportunities for coordination between secondary and postsecondary vocational and technical education.