A new Prisoner Reentry Program, a $90 million Administration initiative unveiled by the President in his State of the Union address, was not funded; and the budget zeroed out the Responsible Reintegration of Youthful Offenders program, which provides the funding for HBI’s Project CRAFT in Nashville, a national model for training court-involved youths for industry jobs.
The Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education for the Future Act, HR 4496, passed the Education and the Workforce Committee on July 21. The bill would merge funding streams for Tech-Prep programs and state grants, and require states to impose new accountability measures. It also contains a provision that would allow states to use incentives and sanctions to manage the performance of local programs. The bill now moves to the full House.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee did not get around to voting on its version of the bill, The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (S. 2686) prior to the August recess, but it did release a brief summary of its proposal, which would raise the standards for academic and technical skills, emphasize workforce preparation, give states greater flexibility, promote professional development and increase accountability.
NAHB and HBI have been working to ensure that the bill does not favor grant programs for emerging and high-tech industries over those with an established need, such as construction.
For more information, e-mail Maria McIntyre at HBI or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912; or contact Jenna Morgan Hamilton in NAHB Legislative and Political Relations, 800-8368-5242 x8407.
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