US Department of Education (ED) Approves First Round of Perkins State Plans
How much do you know about Perkins State Plans? It is a complex process. Details related to programs authorized under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) are compiled on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Perkins Collaborative Resource Network website.
Your respective state’s plan must be submitted to ED for approval. The state plan sets forth how the federal appropriation for Perkins programs in your state may be expended.
ED has announced that the first six state plans under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) have been approved. Perkins V was signed into law on July 31, 2018. Since then, states have submitted and implemented one-year transition plans. Now, states are awaiting approval of the full four-year state plan. The six approved states are Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. ED provides a few highlights from each plan here.
Because each state plan is individualized for the respective state, it is difficult to say how Perkins appropriations are used across the board nationally. However, by studying your state’s plan, you can better understand how Perkins funds may be used in your state and in your local program. For specifics on how Perkins funds may be, and are, used in your local school district, talk with your local CTE director/administrator.