Senators vote for career tech bill

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 8, 2007

SB 672 (Tom Torlakson D-Antioch) adds career and technical education (CTE) to the high school graduation requirements. Sponsored by CMTA and a broad coalition of business, labor and education, the bill moved to the assembly with 33 senators voting "yes". Get REAL co- chairmen Jack Stewart of CMTA and Bob Balgenorth of the State Building and Construction Trades Council testified in Senate committees that the economy needs skilled workers and CTE is good for all students, whether they attend four year colleges, two-year certificate programs in community college, or enter the workforce directly from high school.  

Another bill to study expanding the length of the school day also passed off the Senate floor.  SB 681, also by Senator Torlakson, is seen by many as one way to raise student achievement levels and to allow more time for courses such as CTE.

The vote to support CTE in the Senate was welcome news to the Get REAL coalition. Last week the Assembly held on suspense AB 1414 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) to use future excess Prop. 98 monies for new CTE programs.  CMTA and Get REAL members will continue to work with legislators to make additional funding available for these vital programs.   

Thanks to all the CMTA members who have joined Get REAL and have brought us this far down the road. We encourage more members to consider joining Get REAL and to make improving schools with CTE a major public policy initiative for your companies. 

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