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SIIA Welcomes House Passage of Perkins CTE Modernization; Urges Senate Action
Washington D.C. (June 22 2017) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today applauded the House of Representative’s bipartisan approval of a modernization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and called for quick action in the U.S. Senate.
SIIA Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy, issued the following statement:
“The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is a critical component for our education system to keep up with workforce needs as technology continues to shift towards automation. It is crucial that students are equipped with the skills to meet the increasing demand for highly-skilled workers in a 21st Century economy.
“SIIA applauds the House leadership and bill authors for their continued dedication to our students and workers. We urge that the Senate moves swiftly to take up reauthorization to ensure that no time is wasted in preparing our students to be college and career ready in a rapidly evolving economy.”
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital information industries representing software companies, data and analytics firms, information service companies, and digital publishers. Members of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA work with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education nationwide to develop and deliver education software applications, digital instructional content, online learning services and related technologies. They are helping to support teachers and instruction, improve student learning, carry out various administrative operations, and improve school productivity and educational performance.