Legislative Principles for Career-Related Education and Training: What Research Supports

Expiration of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act and of the Adult Education Act later this year makes it necessary to consider federal priorities in work-related education and training. This statement,* prepared by NCRVE, recommends nine principles for new federal legislation. The views given here are based on NCRVE research and collaboration with schools, colleges, and other agencies since 1988.

We believe that legislation regarding career-related education and training should be derived from up-to-date knowledge about what is most effective for the participants in these programs, subject to budget constraints. In this statement, we therefore propose a consistent set of principles that can serve as a framework for new federal legislation, rather than spell out legislative recommendations in detail.

These principles can be applied to a wide range of work-related education and training, including programs for out-of-school youth and adults as well as formal schooling. However, since NCRVE's mission emphasizes schools and colleges, our proposed principles for new federal legislation refer particularly to programs in secondary and postsecondary education.

We believe that the federal government can assume a key role in developing and implementing career-related education and job training based on these principles. Such a role would involve providing financial incentives and technical assistance.

This report is intended to be useful to a wide audience, including education policymakers and practitioners, elected officials, and members of federal and state organizations. The National Center's nine proposed principles for new federal legislation are listed on the next page.

* This article, and the next ("Proposed Principles for New Federal Legislation"), are from a special NCRVE report, "Legislative Principles for Career-Related Education and Training: What Research Supports".

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