Senate CTE Bill Needs More STEM Focus

James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, released the following statement on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee moving legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act:

“We are pleased the Senate HELP Committee has advanced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  This bill and its House counterpart would modernize this crucial education and workforce law including increasing the alignment of CTE programs with the demands of our increasingly technological economy.  However, our Coalition would like to see an even stronger emphasis on STEM subjects and activities, and greater openness to eligible consortiums with youth-serving STEM entities and non-profits in the final law and we are committed to working with House and Senate leaders to achieve that goal.”