Governor vetoes CTE legislation

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 8, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In a surprising turn of events Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 2446 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach) which would have included a Career Technical Education course within the options that students must meet under the state’s high school graduation mandate. CMTA strongly supported this bill with GetREAL (Relevance in Education and Learning), a CMTA-sponsored coalition of business, manufacturers, labor, agriculture, public safety, healthcare, child advocates and educators who believe California schools should provide a balanced education that includes challenging academic studies and career technical education for "hands-on" learning.

The Governor primarily pointed to cost as his reason for the veto:

    Improving and expanding Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities has been among my highest priorities.  While I am supportive of the author’s intent to give CTE a prominent place in high school graduation priorities, the final version of this bill omitted my Administration’s proposed amendments that were intended to limit the new costs to school districts.  Therefore, I am concerned that this bill could be construed to impose higher costs without a fund source, which could also be interpreted as a state reimbursable mandate.  Given that school budgets are very constrained due to the recession, adding new costs at this time is not advisable. 


This Governor chose to ignore the language in the bill that minimized the cost.  AB 2446 indicated that a school district currently not offering a CTE course should fund new CTE courses within existing resources and prohibited that school from requiring supplemental reimbursement from the state.

Passage of CTE legislation has been a significant challenge in this legislature.  CTE courses at the high school level are declining every year.  Efforts to fund and reinvigorate these courses will continue to be a priority for CMTA whose members depend on a highly skilled workforce that is exposed to technical skills at an early age.
 

 

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