CMTA testifies on saving career tech ed

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 11, 2014

Efforts to ensure that California continues its commitment to fund workforce development programs in high school cleared its first hurdle this week. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance voted unanimously to establish career technical education, also known as CTE, as a state priority for high schools and to restore the funding necessary to support this pledge. This action is the first step to ensuring that CTE dollars continue to be used for the sole intended purpose of training tomorrow's workforce.

Following the leadership of Chairman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), the budget subcommittee supported the restoration of funding for the regional occupation centers and programs beyond the 2014-15 fiscal year, when local educational agencies will no longer be required to offer CTE programs or spend the money on workforce development activities. It also rejected the Governor's current budget proposal to eliminate two other state CTE programs – the Agriculture CTE Incentive Grant and the Specialized Secondary Programs – that would have allowed those dollars to flow to districts unrestricted.

CMTA, along with its education partners at GetREAL (Get Relevance in Education and Learning), believes that the only way to assure CTE dollars are spent appropriately is for those dollars to be directed and limited to industry-relevant career technical training programs. We support the subcommittee's action and encourage the full Assembly Budget Committee and ultimately the Governor to adopt their recommendation. The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education will also take up this issue later this month.

For more detail, click here to review our coalition letter in support of preserving CTE funding and programs.

Video of Nicole Rice (CMTA) & other GetREAL partners:

Video of Jim Aschwanden, California Agriculture Teachers Assn., a GetREAL partner

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