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Ms. Matteucci received this info regarding FFA and CTE defunding. Please let the governors office how you feel about it. Please share.
As you are aware, the Governor’s budget proposal presented in January contained a provision for reallocating what we know as SB 1070 monies in a way that will have a devastating impact on Career Technical Education programs, including the complete defunding of Career Technical Student Organizations like FFA. We were hopeful that the administration would amend this proposal in the May revise of the budget, but that did not happen.
As it currently stands, $48 million dollars in available CTE funds will go entirely to the Community College System, eliminating $15 million in funding that used to flow to the California Department of Education for Partnership Academies, University of California Curriculum Institute, Career Technical Student Organizations, and other uses. This proposal will completely eliminate funding for these programs, since there are no other funds available to support these activities.
This action would specifically:
· Eliminate $250,000 that supports the California Future Farmers of America for State Officer travel, leadership conferences, State FFA Convention, etc. This would have a devastating effect on FFA’s ability to provide leadership conferences like Greenhand Conference, Made for Excellence, COLCs, etc. as well as the ability to conduct chapter visits and other leadership development activities for your students.
· Eliminate funding for Partnership Academies, which have proven to be highly effective models for engaging students in focused learning groups centered around themes and majors of interest.
· Eliminate funding for the University of California Curriculum Institute, which assists Career Technical Education courses and programs in gaining UC/CSU recognition for admission purposes in meeting a-g course requirements. Over ½ of the Ag Education courses in California have gained recognition due to the work of the UCCI, including the 3 course sequence in Ag Science that is now recognized for meeting Next Generation Science Standards. Without funding, this effort will cease.
· Eliminate Professional Development Funds for CTE instructors, including Ag Education. In the case of Ag Education, funds that currently support Road Shows, New Professionals Institute, Mentoring Conference, and other professional development activities would be eliminated.
It is imperative that you, your students, parents, administrators, Advisory Committee members, and any other supporters of Ag Education contact your local legislators IMMEDIATELY to express your concerns regarding this proposal. Time is of the essence, since the budget process is moving forward rapidly. Education Finance subcommittees will begin voting on these proposals on June 23rd, so your legislators need to hear from you NOW! Ask them to reach out to their peers on the Education Finance subcommittees to REJECT the Governor’s proposal.
To access your local legislator’s contact information, go to the California Senate or Assembly websites, type in your address, and you will be notified of your legislator’s name and contact information. Due to time restraints, calls or emails will be the most effective way to reach out to them.
I have attached two additional pieces of information that might be helpful: 1) a letter from the GetREAL coalition sent to legislators, and 2) a short press release that you need to share with your local news media representatives. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.
California Agricultural Teachers’ Assn.
California FFA Foundation
P.O. Box 186
Galt, CA 95632
Phone: 209 744-1605
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Join us this Friday at 4pm for musical performances by the Surprise Valley High School and Middle School Bands as well as some solos and duets on piano, trumpet and ukulele. There will be a bake sale to raise money for the Surprise Valley K-12 Music Program. We hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less