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.
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson is scheduled to visit John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento today to see one of Kennedy's after school programs - a robotics lab. Torlakson is urging state lawmakers to approve more funding for similar programs.
Ralph Hexter addressed the media for the first time Thursday as Interim Chancellor at UC Davis.
(AP) — State officials want a Las Vegas judge to speed up his decision on Nevada's sweeping new school choice program.
Four hundred people have already signed up to attend the event being held this afternoon and evening.
(AP) — State officials have hired an organization that will help recruit high-quality charter school operators to expand into Nevada's neediest neighborhoods.