ERIC Number: ED403424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Block Grant Funding: What It Means to Vocational-Technical Education.
American Vocational Association, Alexandria, VA.
Congress is working to complete legislation to create block grant funding for work force development. Nearly 100 vocational education, job training, adult education, and other work force education programs that previously were separately funded will compete for the reduced funding available. The Carl D. Perkins Act of 1990 and School-to-Work Opportunities Act will be repealed. The two block grant bills contain significant differences. The House bill calls for three block grants--youth education and training, adult education, and adult job training; the Senate bill has just one. The House version would become effective sooner. The Senate version grants more influence to state education agencies and officials. Agreements between the bills include the following: continued vocational-technical education provision by public education; greater authority of governors; school-to-work initiatives; work force development boards to oversee local adult job training programs; a system of "one-stop" career centers; and vouchers to finance adult education and training. Compared to the Perkins Act, the new block grant legislation does not guarantee funds for particular programs. It may give more funding to certain programs and it continues support for special programs under the Perkins Act. Educators must increase efforts to work with governors who will have more authority, responsibility and discretion in determining workforce development plans and budgets and in distributing funds. (A two-page comparison on the House and Senate Block Grant proposals is provided.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Block Grants, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Federal State Relationship, Government School Relationship, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Vocational Association, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act 1990; School to Work Opportunities Act 1994