State Superintendent of Public Instruction TomTorlakson says the legislature created the California Career Pathways Trust last summer. It’s intended to pay for programs that provide hands-on training to deserving high school and community college students.
“We want employers to provide these internships and mentorships to be able to go into the real world of work and see what is actually required and what the jobs are,” says Torlakson. “There’s so many new jobs being created.”
School officials say industries like biotech, healthcare and aerospace have complained about a lack of qualified workers. The officials say Pathways Trust grants could be used to prepare part of that future workforce.
Funds from the first of about 40 three-year grants will begin distribution in June. Among other conditions, grant proposals must include a five-year budget plan.
Higher education advocates are asking for a dedicated funding source for California’s Community Colleges. Busloads of students from around the state marched and rallied in Sacramento Monday and met with state lawmakers.
There have been several attempts over the years to reform California’s teacher dismissal process. All have been unsuccessful. But that’s not stopping one lawmaker from trying again.
New data show significant achievement gaps among students in Reno and administrators are trying to start a public conversation to solve the problem.
An independent audit recommends that California overhaul its school transportation funding system. The Legislative Analyst’s Office report says the school transportation funding rate is decades old.
A bill in the California legislature would give low and middle income parents up to $500 in annual tax credits for investing in California’s “Scholar Share” college savings program.