National Alliance Statement on the Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

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Washington D.C.- Today, President Trump signed into law the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins CTE Act) (H.R. 2353). The bill passed with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate and authorizes more than $1 billion for states to use towards secondary and post-secondary training.

National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees released the following statement:

“The bipartisan passage and enactment into law of the Perkins CTE Act is a tremendous achievement for the education community. We applaud the efforts of Congress and the Administration to reauthorize this important law that will help to modernize our nation’s career and technical education programs and prepare students to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. The new flexibility and incentives it provides create opportunities for charter schools to take the lead in identifying innovative pathways and programs and will improve student readiness for the rapidly changing needs of today’s workforce. The charter school community looks forward to working with states and the business community to ensure that the new statue is implemented with fidelity and rigor."


About Public Charter Schools 
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, many research studies have found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit