ERIC Number: ED307426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Issues in Reauthorization. Issue Paper.
Buzzell, Charles H.
H.R. 7, the Applied Technology Education Amendments of 1989, would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act through fiscal year 1995. Among other improvements, H.R. 7 strengthens support for personnel development, articulation, career guidance and counseling, consumer and homemaking education, and the national data system. However, H.R. 7 departs radically from the Perkins Act in some major strategies it has chosen to advance program improvement and improve access. Five strategic flaws in the proposal must be corrected before passage of final legislation. If federal legislation is to achieve the national objective of preparing an economically competitive work force, it must provide for (1) program improvement funds that are equitably distributed throughout the enterprise; (2) set-asides that reserve monies to enable students who cannot participate in regular programs to receive services that treat the conditions hindering their participation; (3) treating academic disadvantagement as a key variable in the funding formula; (4) strengthening state capacity to assist and guide local implementation of the law; and (5) national leadership and assistance from the U.S. Office of Vocational and Adult Education. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984