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President Trump Signs Bipartisan Technical-Education Bill Into Law

President Trump signed legislation Tuesday that renews a federal workforce development program, sending $1.2 billion a year to states but with fewer requirements from Washington on how to spend the money and assess the success of programs.

The legislation drew bipartisan support.

The legislation renews the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the primary federal funding source for career and technical-education programs offered in high schools and after graduation. Typically, the programs combine academic instruction with occupational skills training.

Career and technical education has drawn bipartisan support as policymakers look for ideas to help people who may not be prepared for or interested in a four-year-college program.

Backers estimate the program will help 11 million people develop knowledge and skills needed to find well-paying jobs. That includes students in high school programs and those run by community colleges and technical schools.