Gino DiCaro

CTE bill to cause harm rather than good

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 18, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On June 23 the Senate Education Committee will hear AB 1223 (Marty Block, D-San Diego) which defines “linked learning programs” in such a way as to drastically limit the type of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses that are recognized by the State of California.

The sponsors of the bill argue that it will advance CTE, but it does nothing to address the pressing issues facing CTE programs. Instead, it seeks to have core academic instructors teach vocational themes and ignores other forms of CTE teaching that include more hands-on experience.

The current K-12 public education system only values programs and coursework that are required, funded and measured by the State of California.  In light of the fact that CTE courses are not required for high school students (like art, foreign language and P.E. are) and not included in accountability measurements (like the core academic disciplines are), we have reached an historic low of CTE programs, enrollment and teachers.  In 1987, three-quarters of students were enrolled in a CTE course at their high school campus; this year, less than 29% are enrolled.

CMTA is urging the legislature to oppose AB 1223 because it distracts from the objective to provide more students with meaningful educational options.

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