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June 30, 2020

Inhofe Applauds Trump Administration Approval of Oklahoma Perkins CTE Plan

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) applauded the Department of Education’s approval of 10 additional career and technical education (CTE) plans, including the state of Oklahoma. Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin are the latest states, along with the District of Columbia, to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on July 31, 2018. Inhofe applauded the 2018 enactment of Perkins CTE here.

“The authorization of the Oklahoma Perkins CTE plan is yet another example of the work we are getting done under the direction of President Trump and his administration by allowing states flexibility,” Inhofe said. “I am proud of the efforts of Superintendent Hofmeister and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education to ensure our Oklahoma plan works for students in our state. With the implementation of this plan, we can ensure our students have the training necessary for the highly skilled jobs in their communities.”

"As chair of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, I know Perkins Act funds impact thousands of Oklahoma high school students, and appreciate Sen. Inhofe’s longstanding leadership supporting the Act,” said Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I commend the staff of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, led by Dr. Marcie Mack, for their leadership in writing Oklahoma's Perkins Act plan and their commitment to ensuring Oklahoma students have meaningful pathways to successful futures."

“Thanks to the president’s leadership, the new career and technical education law gives local leaders the flexibility to make investments in the highest impact areas of local need,” said Secretary DeVos. “We know many well-paying, in-demand jobs require CTE training but not necessarily a college degree and the associated debt. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly highlighted the need for all education to be tailored to meet each student’s unique needs, more nimble, and relevant to 21st-century realities. High-quality CTE programs are a critical way to help learners of all ages and get our economy back up and running at full speed.

”Perkins V encourages states and territories to expand opportunities for every student to access educational opportunities that will put them on the path to success. Each state and territory crafted a plan to fulfill its promise of offering a robust CTE option for students following consultation with its key constituents representing education and workforce, business and industry, and parents and community partners.

To date, 25 Perkins plans have been approved by Secretary DeVos.

The following are some of the noteworthy elements from Oklahoma’s approved plan. Additional details about each Oklahoma’s approved plan can be found here.

Oklahoma

  • Addresses strategies to improve outcomes for students by increasing collaboration and funding for its state’s equity and diversity professional development specialist.
  • Establishes a state-level, work-based learning liaison position, as well as a database to identify work-based learning opportunities within the state.
  • Dedicates funding for discretionary innovative programs to improve student outcomes.


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