Alliance Applauds AB 3188 Passage; Urges Governor to Sign Measure Allowing Districts to Better Communicate Students’ College and Career Preparation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2018

Hilary McLean, Executive Vice President | E: hilary@linkedlearning.org

Alliance Applauds AB 3188 Passage; Urges Governor to Sign Measure Allowing Districts to Better Communicate Students’ College and Career Preparation

The California State Legislature has approved AB 3188 by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) and sent the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown. If signed into law by the Governor, this bill will give districts and charter schools the option to report in their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) how many of their students have completed both an a-g and a CTE course sequence. Current law allows local educational agencies to report their students numbers for each tracks separately, which does not reflect the thousands of students who have finished both. AB 3188 was approved unanimously in each legislative committee that reviewed the bill and on both the Assembly and Senate floors.

“We applaud Assemblymember Thurmond and the Legislature for unanimously approving AB 3188. We join the many districts that are implementing Linked Learning in asking Governor Brown to sign this measure,” said Anne B. Stanton, President of the Linked Learning Alliance. “This bill will give districts that integrate preparation for college and career a better tool to communicate with parents, students, and community stakeholders about their progress to prepare all students for successful futures. It will also encourage other districts to provide an integrated pathway experience to their students and open a broad range of opportunities for them after high school.”

By the year 2020, 65 percent of California’s jobs will require at least some postsecondary education or training. High quality college and career pathway implementation is a proven strategy to boost economic development locally, regionally, and statewide by ensuring educational and skill attainment. Research has shown that high quality Linked Learning pathways that integrate rigorous academics, demanding CTE sequences, work-based learning, and student supports help students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers. AB 3188 reinforces existing signals and frameworks from the state indicating that preparing young people for both college and career preparation is important.

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About Linked Learning Alliance

The Linked Learning Alliance is a statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to improving California’s high schools and preparing students for success in college, career, and life. Established in May 2008, the Linked Learning Alliance aims to build a collective voice and coordinate efforts to expand access to Linked Learning in California-an approach to high school that integrates rigorous academics with real-world learning opportunities in fields of engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more. | www.linkedlearning.org