With the state suffering through its worst ever drought, Jim Aschwanden with the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, says only well trained Ag workers will be able to meet the industry’s future challenges.
“Ag education is not about cows and sows and plows anymore,” says Aschwanden. “It is about creating the next generation of Ag scientists and researchers and technicians.”
Governor Jerry Brown’s budget calls for absorbing a state grant that provides school districts with matching funds for agricultural education into the new Local Control Funding Formula.
Under a bill now in the legislature, the Agriculture Incentive Grant would remain a separate dedicated statewide program.
A legislative subcommittee will take up agricultural education at a hearing next month.
UPDATE, July 12, 4:27 p.m.: A bill that would have allowed California school districts to add another year of probation to teachers before extending tenure will not become law this year.
The California Community College system is out with an online video targeting Dream Act students. Those are students who have been in California for at least three years and graduated from a California High School.
For decades, California kids have been building replicas of historic Spanish missions as part of the fourth-grade curriculum. But Native American community activists say the missions exploited indigenous people...and they want the project banned.
California's high school graduation rates rose for the seventh consecutive year according to data released by the state Department of Education.
After Encina Prep was flagged as a failing school, teachers and administrators re-designed the entire school day around a model known as Advocacy. Five years later, teachers say they see a stronger school community. But test scores remain flat.