Strong support for K-12 Career Technical Education

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 3, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This week the Senate and Assembly Education Committees held information hearings on the Governor’s proposed $2.4 billion investment for K-12 career tech education (CTE) infrastructure.  A long line of witnesses appeared and testified in support. Clearly, there is strong and coordinated interest amongst business and labor groups in support of the building and modernization of a CTE system in our public middle schools and high schools. The proposal is contained in both AB 1836 (Lynn Daucher, R-Brea) and SB 1164 (George Runner, R-Antelope Valley). 
 
In response to the testimony and discussion, the Assembly Education Committee made a unanimous decision to support a recommendation to the Conference Committee for the authorization of $1 billion for CTE within the 2006 bond cycle as provided by AB 1836 (this decision was made along with some related policy recommendations). In contrast, the Senate Education Committee has not yet made any decisions on CTE.  Senator Jack Scott (D-Altadena) and the members of his committee will continue to deliberate various policy points related to the education facilities bond, including the CTE portion, over the course of the next two weeks.  Of particular interest to Senator Scott and his staff is whether or not CTE should be delivered on the campuses of middle schools and high schools or if an alternative model that focuses on regional centers makes more sense.  

Listen to Rothrock's testimony in Assembly Education Committee.

Both policy committees will be sending formal recommendations to the Infrastructure Bond Conference Committee in the next two weeks.  As discussed earlier, the Senate Education Committee has yet to verbalize their thoughts on the CTE portion of the bond.  The next critical hearing in Senate Education Committee specifically addressing the K-12 facilities bond legislation will be on Wednesday, February 15th. 

Thanks to those companies who have signed onto our coalition letter in support. There is still time to put your name on the letter and help push this effort forward.  Contact Dorothy Rothrock at drothrock@cmta.net or call 916-498-3319 for more information.  


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