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.
The Sacramento City Teachers Association called off a strike planned to start Wednesday after reaching an agreement with the Sacramento City Unified School District on a new contract.
Sacramento State is among three CSU campuses getting a combined total of more than $8 million in federal grants to enhance teacher diversity. The goal is to recruit teachers in Latino, African American and other minority communities.
More California high school students are taking college-level Advanced Placement tests. AP exams are taken each May by high school students who've attended classes that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.