CTE now optional graduation requirement

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 14, 2011

On Sunday, October 9, the deadline to sign or veto bills, Governor Brown decided the fate of many education bills sitting on his desk. On Career Technical Education (CTE) bills, we had two victories and a couple of set backs.

On the positive side, the most significant measure signed into law was AB 1330 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach), which finally puts CTE on par with Foreign/World Languages and Art for purposes of state-mandated coursework for high school graduation. This was a three-year effort to pass this legislative reform.

On the negative side, SB 547 was vetoed. It would have requied a career prep measurement within the new “Education Quality Index”. The President Pro-Tempore of the Senate and author of SB 547 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) vowed to pursue “Index" legislation again next year, despite the Governor's veto.

Here is what happened to our priority bills:


*AB 1310 (Furutani) – Create a statewide Strategic Plan for workforce preparation
and CTE. //Vetoed//

*AB 1330 (Furutani) – Allow students to take a CTE course as one of the options for the high school graduation requirement that currently only requires a single year of either Foreign Language or Art. //Signed//


*AB 189 (Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park) – Protect funding for ROCP’s and Adult Ed programs from being totally diverted by schools to non-vocational expenses in this era of “Categorical Flexibility” by making it more difficult for a district to divert these funds to non-vocational purposes. //Signed//


*SB 547 (Steinberg) – Create a new accountability system to use API scores, and incorporate career prep indicators into a school's performance measurement to be known as the Education Quality Index. //Vetoed//

For the outcome of other important CMTA bills that went to the Governor at the end of session, go to: www.cmta.net/pdfs/LegUpdate-BillstoGov.pdf

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