July 31, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the enactment of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act today. President Trump signed the bill into law today after it was passed by both the House and Senate unanimously. This is the first reauthorization of Perkins CTE since 2006. Sen. Inhofe has been a leader in supporting CTE and vocational training programs since his time in the Oklahoma state legislature where he authored the creation of Oklahoma’s state-wide vocational training program.
“Thanks to President Trump’s deregulatory agenda, we’re seeing the lowest unemployment in a generation,” Sen. Inhofe said. “Yet, without making sure our classrooms are aligned with the technology and skills being used today, we will lose out on economic growth and opportunity. The Perkins CTE reauthorization ensures that states have the ability to put resources towards students, not regulations, and allows them needed flexibility to support the needs of each state, not a one-size-fits-all policy. By bringing together businesses and technical education programs, we can ensure our students have the training necessary for the highly skilled jobs in their communities.”
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, also praised the enactment of the bill, saying, “Career and technical education is critical for Oklahoma students and communities. Having Senator Inhofe as a strong advocate for career tech has contributed to the success of our state. I am so grateful for the leadership and support of our federal delegation in the reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”
Watch and download Sen. Inhofe’s reaction video here.