Increased CTE funding bill gains momentum

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 11, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Increased funding for career technical education (CTE) and AB 1414 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) gained more momentum this week in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  After Get REAL principals, CMTA president Jack Stewart and State Building and Construction Trades Council representative Cesar Diaz, testified in support of the bill, many legislators – including Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Mike Davis (D-Los Angeles), Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) – provided a substantial boost in momentum by offering their support and co-authorship.  Only Betty Karnette (D-Long Beach) issued any serious concerns from the Committee, stating that "students are very busy already", but she went on to indicate that she would still support the bill.  

AB 1414 was moved to the suspense file and will be voted upon at the end of May. You can listen to key testimony and Assemblywoman Hancock's introduction of the bill below.

Listen to Assemblywoman Loni Hancock introduce AB 1414 to the Assembly Appropriations Committee
(2:21)

Listen to CMTA President Jack Stewart explain why increased CTE funding and AB 1414 is crucial to the state's growth and to student opportunity
(1:36)

Listen to State Building and Construction Trades Council Representative Cesar Diaz testify on why increased CTE funding and AB 1414 is crucial for high paying jobs in the 21st Century
(0:43)

Listen to Assemblymembers Mike Davis and Anna Caballero offer their support and co-authorship for increased CTE funding and AB 1414
(1:29)

Listen to Get REAL representative, Fred Jones, testify on increased CTE funding and AB 1414
(0:47)

Listen to Assemblyman Mike Davis respond to the California Federation of Teachers regarding AB 1414 and the small increase in CTE funding
(0:38)

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