State Budget

The California state budget approved in 2018 included $300 million in on-going funding to support and expand high quality Career Technical Education (CTE) in California high schools, combining two approaches for funding CTE programs that serve high school students:

• $150 million annually to build and support high-quality CTE pathways by permanently extending the California CTE Incentive Grant Program (CTEIG) administered by the California Department of Education, and
• $150 million annually to establish a regional partnership between high school CTE programs, the community college districts, and industry through the California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program.

Both fund sources are intended to establish new and support existing high school CTE programs.

A California budget compromise between the Legislature and the Governor in 2013 included significant changes to education funding and policy, explicitly supporting college and career readiness and protecting funding for proven models of Linked Learning delivery. These investments represent a unique opportunity to scale Linked Learning infrastructure at the school, district and regional levels.

The Linked Learning Alliance has created materials to support and enhance understanding of the various components included in the 2013 budget that impact the Linked Learning field.