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.
A few school police departments in California have acquired military armored vehicles, rifles and grenade launchers. That's spawned a new bill in the state Legislature. The bill faces its first committee vote Wednesday.
California schools can start administering the state’s new standardized tests to students. The new math and English language tests use computers and open-ended critical thinking questions – rather than the old “Scantron” bubble multiple-choice tests.
Thousands of juvenile salmon are now swimming down the Sacramento River. They're twice as big as other salmon hatched at the same time after spending the last month hanging out in a Yolo County rice field.
A shortage of teachers in Washoe County has forced the school district to fill vacant positions with more substitute teachers. That is reducing the pool of available substitutes for short-term assignments.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.