Carl D. Perkins
Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act
Basic and Reserve Funds
Perkins funding is based on two formulas, Basic and Reserve, and supports vocational-technical education. The purpose of the Act is to equip a workforce with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete in a technologically advanced society.
Basic funds are allocated to districts with approved vocational programs.
Reserve funds are discretionary funds. Rural vocational programs have been the focus of these funds due to the many barriers that rural schools experience.