House WIA Bill Threatens Perkins Funding
In December, the House Education and Workforce Committee released a bill from Rep. Foxx (R-NC) that, if enacted, would consolidate workforce programs into four funding streams. ACTE has been tracking this bill closely due to the fact that it allows
each state's governor to include Perkins in a broad workforce plan and, most importantly, use Perkins funds for any activity that is included in that plan -- even if the activities are not authorized under the current Perkins Act. Read more...
TIVA concerns relates to: in this legislation for most CTE advocates is that in addition to the unified state plan option that currently exist in Perkins and WIA, states would also have the option of consolidating Perkins funds into a block grant for WIA activities. If states chose this option, Perkins funds could be used for any workforce activity, not just the activities listed in the Perkins law.
The second piece of legislation, Local Job Opportunities and Business Success Act, introduced by Rep. Heck (R-NV), strives to change the make-up of the current WIA boards. Under Rep. Heck’s proposal, the WIA board would mostly consist of employers and the requirement that education be represented on the boards would be eliminated.
Texans on committee/subcommittees:
Ruben Hinojosa (D)
Represents Congressional Texas District 15
Rio Grande Valley & Coastal Bend Regions