Press Release

AFT Lauds Career and Technical Education Blueprint

For Release: 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Contact:

Janet Bass
202-879-4554
jbass@aft.org

"Preparing kids for college, career and life has to be about more than sound bites. This blueprint offers multiple, innovative pathways to create jobs and a workforce for tomorrow, and would strengthen the Perkins Act, which has been a lifeline for job training opportunities."

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Obama administration’s blueprint for transforming career and technical education by reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006: 

"Preparing kids for college, career and life has to be about more than sound bites. This blueprint offers multiple, innovative pathways to create jobs and a workforce for tomorrow, and would strengthen the Perkins Act, which has been a lifeline for job training opportunities. From my experience in New York City and what I’ve seen at such creative career preparatory schools as Chicago’s Austin Polytechnical Academy, career and technical education can be engaging and hugely successful. 

"The blueprint has the ingredients to promote innovation, provide transferable skills and prepare students for good jobs. Like other education reforms, we have to figure out how to scale up the successful programs so that as many students as possible can take advantage of these programs and move on to have successful careers."