State Legislation: AB 445 (O'Donnell -D and Cunningham -R) Career Technical Education (CTE) Permanent Funding

State Legislation: AB 445 (O'Donnell -D and Cunningham -R) Career Technical Education (CTE) Permanent Funding

We recommend AB 445 to ensure a continued stream of funding for career pathways, work that was begun successfully under the California Career Pathways Trust grants, but needs more support to continue. This bill would replace the phasing out CTE Incentive Grant program with a permanent CTE program. In addition, this bill would allocate money to local education agencies and to community colleges for related and supplemental instruction.

Investments in career pathways are effective

Based on research on the implementation of the California Career Pathways Trust Grants these grants have been effective at expanding career pathways and this expansion has benefitted students. Students traditionally disengaged from school benefit from career pathways that expose them to opportunities in education and work. However, they also find that more work needs to be done especially with district and community college collaboration, employer engagement, and supporting a regional infrastructure.

In the 2015-16 Governor’s Budget, the Governor recognized the complexity and relatively resource intensive nature of starting and updating CTE programs. Ultimately, the 2015 Budget Act (and related trailer bill) allocated $900 million over the next three year ($400 million in 2015-16, $300 million in 2016-17, and $200 million in 2017-18) to support a transitional CTE Incentive Grant Program.

Details of the bill

This bill would replace the expiring K-12 CTE Incentive Grant program with a permanent $300 million CTE program. In addition, this bill would Increase the existing Related & Supplemental Instruction (RSI) block grant by $10 million in the current year and $10 million in the budget year to offset the cost providing Related and Supplemental Instruction for all student attendance hours at community colleges and local education agencies (LEA). This will allow apprenticeship programs to send apprentices to high-schools and community colleges for classroom-based learning

This bipartisan effort will permanently extend funding for the CTEIG at $300 million, preserve the one-to-one state-to-local match ratio and maintain the quality and accountability criteria needed to ensure relevant instruction that is in demand.

SVO POSITION: Support

STATUS: Committee on Education; hearing date 4/5/17

Questions? Contact Kelly Peaton, Director of Education and Workforce Development at kellyp@thesvo.com