AB 1743 - Securing the Future of K-12 Career Technical Education

Securing the Future of K-12 Career Technical Education

Assembly Bill 1743 would establish ongoing funding for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in our K-12 schools at $500 million per year.


"As a teacher, I know firsthand that CTE programs engage more students and reduce drop-out rates. These critical programs also better prepare our students for life after high school graduation, whether that includes college or leads straight to a career."

-Patrick O'Donnell, Assemblymember, 70th District


Assemblymember O’Donnell has received bi-partisan support for this effort from 25 colleagues who have signed on as joint or co-authors. AB 1743 would increase annual funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program and would also provide $12 million per year for regional technical support through County Offices of Education. CTE prepares students for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context.


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Last fall, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell convened an informational hearing on The Future of K-12 Career Technical Education in California:

The hearing provided an overview of the current state of CTE in California schools and showcased a number of successful CTE programs; it also included a discussion of the challenges and barriers facing CTE in the future, including the need for ongoing funding as 2017-18 is the third and final year of authorized state funding for the Career Technical Education Grant Program.



1/5/18 - OPINION: Funding for Vocational/Career Technical Education