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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  44

POLICY CODE:  IHAQ

TO:      Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Adult Education Directors and
Career and Technical Education Directors

FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:  November 9, 2006

RE:      Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006

 

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) was passed by Congress in July 2006 and signed into law on August 12, 2006.  This Act builds upon the initiatives and accountability measures of the current Perkins Act.  There are four main themes of the new act and they are:

  1. Accountability and program improvement
  2. Secondary and postsecondary connections
  3. Rigor and academic links
  4. Stronger focus on business and industry connections.

The Department will be preparing a transition plan for the 2007-2008 program year and will prepare a five-year plan for the 2008-2013 program years.  The plan will align with the goals and objectives of the new act and with the State’s initiatives with regard to high school transformation.  The transition year will give the State time to develop data and benchmarks upon which accountability goals and funding decisions will be based.

Preparatory to the development of the transition plan, Maine has invited Michael Brustein, Esq., an authority on federal vocational education law and the author of several publications and guidelines for administration of past Perkins Acts, to speak in Maine on December 6th regarding Perkins IV.  Subsequent to that information session, a stakeholders meeting will be convened on December 19th to provide an opportunity for attendees to have input into the planning process.

There is every indication that the U.S. Department of Education is planning to write regulations for the new act and there are several changes in allowable expenditures and accountability provisions for the ensuing years.  It is the responsibility of the eligible agency (in Maine it is the State Board of Education) to establish the percentages by which the majority of the funds received under this act are allocated.  This obviously must be done in accordance with the guidelines established by the federal law.  Therefore, there is no guarantee that those of you now receiving funding will continue to receive funds or will continue to receive the same level of funding as you do currently.

You will have opportunities to have input as the planning process evolves and will have opportunities for comment after the plan is written and prior to its finalization.  We look forward to working with you to develop a plan that will move Maine forward in career and technical education.

For further information, you may e-mail either Lora Downing at lora.downing@maine.gov or Meg Harvey at margaret.harvey@maine.gov, or you can call them at (207) 624-6730.