July 26, 2018:
“Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” was passed by the Senate on Monday, July 23 and by the House of Representatives on July 25. On July 26, the bill was sent to the President for signature.
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) has been passed by the Senate and House and is on it's way for presidential signature. The US House of Representatives passed House Resolution 2353, their version of the new Career and Technical Education law, in 2017 and forwarded it to the Senate, which sent it to their HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) to address any changes or additions needed.
Because H.R. 2353 did not specify Family and Consumer Sciences as a permissible use of funds, The Coalition initiated an advocacy campaign to ensure Family and Consumer Sciences would be specified in the final version. Many FCS professionals and students worked with their constituencies to connect with members of congress to ask that FCS be specified. The campaign was successful and FCS is now specified in the permissible uses of local funds and by implication, state funds. This successful outcome reinforces the need to continue building relationships with your congressional members and their staffs.
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