If you’re like a lot of Career and Technical Educators, you may be wondering what’s happening with the Carl Perkins grant funding since it was reauthorized in July 2018. There are two perspectives to consider for the Perkins V Transition Year:
The district level—At the district level, the application process for the 2019-2020 grant will remain largely the same as last year. Local education agencies (LEAs) will complete the application through WISEgrants, making any necessary edits to the narrative section as well as addressing non-compliance with performance indicators and creating your budget for FY2019-2020.
You can find up-to-date resources on the Carl Perkins Application page on the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website to help guide you in completing the 2019-2020 application.
The state level—To develop the Perkins V State Plan, DPI and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) will gather stakeholder input on priorities for the future of career and technical education in Wisconsin. Stakeholder audiences will include: parents, students (CTE, CTE alumni, special populations, and non-CTE), business and industry, state agencies, representatives of special populations, and school district personnel over the next three months. This input will help shape the state plan. Then, from August to October, stakeholders and the general public will be given opportunities for public comment on the draft plan.
In January 2020, the Wisconsin Technical College System Board will review the plan, which will be followed in March by the governor’s review before the plan gets submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in April of 2020 and will go into full effect July 1, 2020.
In the meantime, since Wisconsin is electing to utilize the 2019-2020 year as a transition year, a Perkins V Transition Plan is being developed collaboratively between DPI and WTCS. This transition year that will go into effect starting July 1, 2019 (the start of the state’s fiscal year).
As information becomes available it will be posted on the CTE section of the DPI website. Please watch for updates to the Carl D. Perkins Act tab on the left rail of the page.
—Submitted by Christine Lenske, Grant Specialist