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Who is Carl Perkins?

Students in business classes have been asking this question lately, as they see "Carl Perkins" written in permanent black marker on several pieces of equipment.  Headphones, computer monitors, calculators, and microphones bear these words in bold letters.  

Carl Perkins money comes as an annual federal grant that allows special purchases in the vocational high school classes.  With every grant comes stipulations--in addition to using the money ONLY in vocational areas, the equipment purchased must be boldy marked so it STAYS in the vocational areas.  At Central Lyon, four vocational areas--business, family & consumer science, industrial technology, and agriculture--are on a rotation to spend the $4,000-$6,000 yearly grant.

Attorney Carl D. Perkins was born in Kentucky, where he served in Congress.  While on the Committee on Education and Labor, his work helped produce the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and Head Start.   The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Technical Education Act was introduced in 1984 and has since been reauthorized as the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006.  The new law includes additional requirements of "programs of study" that link secondary curriculum to postsecondary programs.  The federal Perkins Loan was also named for him, according to wikipedia.org.

Equipment, tools, software, and sewing machines are just some of the items that Carl Perkins money has been used for in CTE programs over the years.