April 2019 Committee of the Full Board Item 7

Perkins V Transition Plan

April 5, 2019


This item provides the opportunity for the committee and the board to hear an update on the reauthorization of federal Perkins funding and approve the transition plan for the state of Texas in compliance with the reauthorization.

Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.109.

TEC, §7.109, designates the State Board of Education as the State Board for Career and Technology Education. The commissioner is the executive officer through whom the State Board for Career and Technology Education shall carry out its policies and enforce its rules.

TEC, §7.109(d) permits the State Board for Career and Technology Education to allocate funds appropriated to the board by the legislature or federal funds received by the board under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act (20 U.S.C. Section 2301 et seq.) or other federal law to an institution or program approved by the State Board of Education, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or another state agency specified by law.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The Committee of the Full Board discussed the Perkins Reauthorization and Transition Plan at its January. 29, 2019 meeting.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: On July 31, 2018, the president signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly referred to as Perkins V, into law. Section 122 (a) of the Act requires each state to prepare and submit to the United State Department of Education Secretary a state plan for a four-year period, except that, during the first fiscal year following the enactment of the Act, each eligible agency may fulfill its obligation by submitting a one-year transition plan. Texas has received approval from the governor to submit a CTE transition plan for 2019-2020 in preparation for a full Perkins State four-year plan for 2020-2021 and beyond. The required state plan narrative includes seven key areas: planning, coordination, and collaboration prior to state plan submission; program administration; provision of services to special populations; accountability and evaluation; financial requirements; and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) certifications and other assurances. The transition plans significantly consolidates the information required in order to prepare for full implementation in 2020-2021.

The requirements in the Perkins Act support a renewed vision of career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 21st century. The Act envisions that all students will achieve challenging academic, technical, and employability skills and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand occupations in current or emerging professions. The Act provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, alignment with regional labor market needs, and improves state and local accountability, and strengthens the connections between secondary and postsecondary education.

This item increases the public’s awareness of the reauthorized Perkins act and the transition plan for the state of Texas to comply with the requirements of the reauthorization. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the proposal.

The State Board of Education:

Approve the Perkins V Transition Plan.

Staff Members Responsible:
Jarrad Toussant, Deputy Director, College, Career, and Military Preparation Division
Ryan Merritt, Director of Career and Technical Education, College, Career, and Military Preparation Division

Attachment: Proposed Perkins V Transition Plan