Linked Learning Alliance Applauds Governor’s Signature on SB 1070

SACRAMENTO – The Linked Learning Alliance lauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing SB 1070, a measure authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). The bill extends funding for California’s Career Technical Pathway Program and specifies that programs that use the Linked Learning approach to prepare students for college and career are given funding priority.

“The passage of SB 1070 is a major step towards making access to Linked Learning a reality for all California students,” said Christopher Cabaldon, Executive Director of the Linked Learning Alliance. “Linked Learning pathways have tremendous success engaging students and preparing them for success after high school. Governor Brown is to be commended for signing this measure which supports the growing field of Linked Learning, including the new state Linked Learning Pilot Program.”

SB 1070 specifies that the California Partnership Academies, state Linked Learning Pilot Program (authorized under last year’s AB 790), UC Curriculum Integration Institute, and Linked Learning teaching credential Recognition of Study as potential priority funding recipients.

Requests for applications to the new Linked Learning Pathway Program can be accessed here, which was recently announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

SB 1070 also extends funding for the state’s Career and Technical Pathways program until June 30, 2015. Superintendent Torlakson and the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges have joint responsibility for allocating the funds. Superintendent Torlakson and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office co-sponsored the bill.

“The Linked Learning field is tremendously appreciative of the leadership of both Superintendent Torlakson and recently retired California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott for their leadership in improving career and college readiness,” said Cabaldon. “We are also grateful for the support of Senator Steinberg who is a tireless champion for students and using the Linked Learning approach to improve student outcomes. The Linked Learning Alliance looks forward to working with the California Department of Education and the Chancellor’s office to maximize access to high quality Linked Learning options for California students.”

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