O’Donnell Bill to Increase Funding for K-12 Vocational/Career Technical Education Passes the Assembly

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AB 1303 provides students with career options to meet California’s workforce needs

(Sacramento) – Assembly Bill 1303, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) which provides an additional $150 million to K-12 Vocational/Career Technical Education (CTE) programs passed the Assembly on Wednesday 78-0.

“As a classroom teacher, I have seen firsthand how vocational programs engage students and guide them to success.  Vocational/career technical programs prepare our students for lasting careers and strengthen our California workforce,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “I am grateful for the overwhelming support we have received for this bill. I look forward to working with the Senate on its passage.”

AB 1303 builds upon last year’s appropriation of $300 million in ongoing funds to Vocational/CTE programs.  If enacted, funding for Vocational/CTE programs will total $450 million.  The bill will also align two existing programs under the direction of the California Department of Education to make it easier for school districts to apply for funding and meet accountability requirements.

“We must offer students options.  Not every student will go to college, and not every job requires a college degree. We have a shortage of workers for jobs requiring technical skills.  The State needs to increase its efforts to meet the needs of our economy,” Assemblymember O’Donnell added.

A coalition of educators, school districts and business groups who hail it as a job creator for the state’s economy strongly support AB 1303. The bill now awaits referral to its first Senate policy committee.


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.

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