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Perkins IV

How it Works

The Perkins IV is a source of federal funding to states and discretionary grantees for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation.

This funding is to promote the development of secondary and postsecondary students academic, career, and technical skills of  who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.

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Legislation History

The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 was the first authorization for the Federal funding of vocational education. Through the years subsequent legislation for vocational education included the Vocational Act of 1973 and the Carl D. Perkins Act of 1984 (Perkins). Perkins was reauthorized as the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act (Perkins II) in 1990, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).

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Perkins funding is divided into two programs; Basic State Grants (Title 1) and National Programs. Basic State Grants the money is distributed to each state, which is then distributed to local school districts and postsecondary institutions to fund their CTE programs. National Programs stay at the federal level which fund the Department of Education to support research and other national priorities that help improve CTE programs.

Fees associated with learning tools, programs and materials that support CTE such as Shamrck Education can all be covered under the Perkins IV to help students. Be sure to check within your states guideline as each state will have their own criteria for the funds.

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