Assemblymember O’Donnell Statement on Proposed 2018-19 Budget

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chair of Assembly Education Committee applauds fiscal responsibility, calls for more efforts to fund K-12 Career Technical Education programs

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement Wednesday regarding Governor Brown’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year:

“The Governor’s proposal is responsible, allowing California to live within its means and stay a step ahead of the economy’s ups and downs. I applaud the Governor’s efforts and commitment to preparing our state for the future.

“As a parent, a teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, I strongly support the increased funding proposed for education. I applaud the Governor’s proposal to fully fund the Local Control Funding Formula. We must continue to fund efforts that will strengthen the classroom experience by engaging all students and supporting them on their way to bright futures and lasting careers.

I thank the Governor for recognizing the importance of K-12 Career Technical Education (CTE). At the same time, the proposal to shift responsibility for the program to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office is a step in the wrong direction.  CTE is a critical component of robust K-12 education programs designed to ensure that students are well prepared for both college and a career. Dedicated state funding for K-12 CTE programs is essential to the ongoing success of these important programs. This is a top priority for me this session.  

“I look forward to a collaborative effort with my colleagues in the Legislature to develop a responsible budget that prioritizes the needs of our students – successful students will build a successful state.”

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

 

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