Perkins V

How it Works

The Perkins V 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 which is heavily improved upon it’s 2006 legislature 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

Following the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law in July 2018. 

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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.

A key difference that this new legislation brings is a focus on local community discretion when it comes to spending. Now, students even as early as fifth grade can be benefited by these funds. 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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