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Summit: CTE commitment from future gubernatorial candidates and policymakers

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 18, 2008

Career Technical Education scored a major success this week at the Get REAL CTE Summit in Sacramento on Tuesday.  Attorney General Jerry Brown stunned the hands-on education community and others by indicating that the University of California system is a "behemoth" that drives the State's K-12 curriculum.  He politely said that CTE's biggest challenge will be the UC system, and it appeared, even though he is a proud UC graduate, that he would join the most committed CTE proponents in that fight.  Watch the second half of his remarks HERE.  (technical difficulties prohibited us from showing the first half where he explained his "lack of skill" and his very helpful Greek and Latin high school focus).  Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell addressed the Summit crowd as well.

Legislators, Gloria Romero (stay tuned for her video, she came in costume), Tom Torlakson, Mark Desaulnier, Loni Hancock and Martin Garrick also spoke resoundingly on behalf of the CTE struggle.  They joined more than 50 other Legislators in signing an ongoing Resolution of Support for California Career Technical Education.

Here's the press release with the many other highlights.  The Summit showed that the Love Lost  on CTE from the Schwarzenegger administration will not be lost on the growing statewide coalition that wants to prepare our students for careers and future success in California's economy.

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