Coalition Submits Key Principles on Perkins Reauthorization

In response to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions beginning to review and prepare legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the STEM Education Coalition submitted a letter to Senator Michael Enzi and Senator Bob Casey regarding several important issues.

Dear Senator Enzi and Senator Casey:
As the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee prepares legislation to reauthorize the Carl. D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, our Coalition welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on several critical policy matters. We are a broad alliance of more than 600 education, business, and professional organizations that is strongly committed to the goal of elevating the education of all students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as a national priority as reflected through education reforms, policies to drive innovation, and federal and state spending priorities.
In today’s economy, strong STEM skills are a central element of a well-rounded education and every student needs to have a strong foundation in these subjects in order to land and succeed in virtually any job – from the shop floor to the research lab to the board room. Further, the best, most highly paying jobs are nearly all in the STEM fields. Additionally, in many areas of the country, particularly in rural and urban areas , a strong foundation in STEM training allows individuals to prepare for medium skilled, medium waged jobs with an eye toward earning more as those skills are built upon…

Be sure to read the full letter and see the all of the Coalition’s recommendations: