House Votes to Renew Vocational Program

The Republican-led House voted yesterday to renew until 2011 a vocational education program the White House wanted to kill.

With the 416 to 9 vote, the House approved spending $1.3 billion for the Perkins Act in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, and outlined changes in the popular program for the first time since 1998.

Democrats joined Republicans in praising the vocational program as crucial in helping youth and adults gain the technical skills needed for jobs or postsecondary education.

President Bush, in his budget proposal this year, recommended the termination of vocational education and other education programs deemed ineffective and "unable to demonstrate results."

The Senate in March approved a similar bill, 99 to 0.