The Linked Learning Alliance is working closely with leaders across the state to expand college and career readiness for all students in California by helping to create and implement policy that advances the Linked Learning approach.

New policy opportunities to further develop California’s support system for Linked Learning continue to emerge. We will continue to watch out for and keep you informed of new bills as they are introduced. Top priorities for the Legislature this year include addressing the teacher workforce shortage, and reducing remediation in California Community College and the California State University. Proposed legislation with the potential to impact the field is included below, accompanied by a summary statement.

The Linked Learning Alliance recommends organizations take necessary steps to support, oppose or seek amendments on the following bills.

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AB 1743 (O’Donnell): Permanently establish the CA Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) by allocating $500 million annually to high quality career and technical education

This bill would permanently institute CTEIG with an annual allocation of $500 million in General Fund and $12 million for regional career technical education coordinators for the purposes of supporting and establishing high-quality CTE programs. Participating LEAS are required to provide a dollar for every dollar received under this program.

Assembly Appropriations Committee – Suspense Candidate for May 25, 2018

AB 1803 (Choi): Post-secondary education: career placement and job search services for graduates

This bill would require a public or private institution of higher education that offers a baccalaureate degree program, provides career placement and job search services to students, and receives state funds for student financial assistance to provide career placement and job search services to a person for five years after the person receives a baccalaureate degree at the institution.

Assembly Appropriations Committee – Suspense Candidate for May 25, 2018

AB 1951 (O’Donnell): Establishes the Pathways to College Act

This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to approve one or more nationally recognized high school assessments that a local education agency may administer as an alternative to the Smarter Balanced assessment (SBAC) in grade 11. Many school districts in California administer either the ACT or SAT in addition to the SBAC to students in 11th grade. AB 1951 would also add ACT or SAT outcomes to the assessment performance indicators and to the college and career indicator. This bill was inspired by Long Beach Unified and LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser’s work to encourage more 11th grade students to take assessments necessary for 4-year college applications and reduce testing time for students.

Assembly Appropriations Committee – Suspense Candidate for May 25, 2018

AB 2979 (Burke): High school diploma: State Seal of Career Technical Education Pathway Completion

This bill would establish a State Seal of Career Technical Education Pathway Completion to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of knowledge and proficiency in a career technical education pathway within one of the 15 industry sectors described in the California Career Technical Education. The Seal certifies that graduating high school students met several criteria, including attaining a 3.0 GPA and receiving an industry recognized credential/certificate, earning a grade “B” from a CTE-college level course, or a score of 80 percent or higher on an CTE third-party pathway assessment.

Approved in the Assembly and referred to Senate Education Committee.

AB 3188 (Thurmond): Pupil instruction: high school graduation requirements: college and career preparedness education course

This bill requires the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) “pupil achievement” priority area to include, to the extent possible, the percentage of pupils who have successfully completed entrance requirements for the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) and a career technical education (CTE) sequence or program of study.

Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee. Hearing Date TBD

ACR 164 (Cunningham): Career Technical Education Month

This measure would declare the month of February as Career Technical Education Month in the State of California. Supported by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA).

Approved by the Legislature and Filed by the CA Secretary of State on March 27, 2018

SB 1243 (Portantino): Public postsecondary education: The California State Pathways in Technology Program

This bill would establish the California State Pathways in Technology (CA P-TECH) Program as a public-private partnership for purposes of preparing California high school students for high-skill jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, health care, and finance.

Senate Appropriations Committee – Suspense Candidate for May 25, 2018

SB 1337 (Vidak): Income taxes: credits: student intern

This bill would allow a credit against taxes for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2019, and before January 1, 2024, in an amount equal to 50 percent of the amount paid or incurred by a small business during the taxable year for wages paid to a student intern.

Placed on suspense – will be heard at Senate Appropriations Committee. Hearing Date TBD.

AB 705 (Irwin) Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: matriculation: assessment

To increase the likelihood of completing college-level English and math coursework within the first year, requires Community Colleges to use high high school coursework, high school grades, and/or high school grade point for course placement. A college may also require a student to enroll in concurrent support if it will lead to meeting transfer requirements.

Chaptered into State Law