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Legislators consider the future of K-12 Career Technical Education in California

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, March 5, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

An unprecedented sixteen legislators from four legislative committees gathered for an informational hearing on February 21 to discuss the future of career technical education (CTE) in California's K-12 system. The Career Technical Education Incentive Grant represents one of the last policy drivers maintaining high-quality CTE programs in grades 7-12 and in four short months it will expire, leaving schools to grapple with how to continue these critical yet expensive programs amidst continual budget pressures.

CMTA strongly supports the continuation of dedicated and sustainable funding for these programs in order to rebuild the advanced industrial skills pipeline that leads to a career in manufacturing. We believe a CTE delivery system should include:

  • Sustainable funding to incentivize the development of high-quality programs, defined as those that are aligned to regional industry needs and informed by local labor-market data;
  • Strong accountability and oversight that maintains quality and commitment and promotes program improvements beyond the statutory performance criteria; and
  • State leadership that is regionally-delivered to assist with program development and implementation and facilitate collaborative partnerships between industry and local districts.

Watch CMTA lobbyist Nicole Rice and some othere discuss the importance of these programs.

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