September 21, 2012
State Schools Chief Issues Statement on SB 1070 Signing
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement upon Governor Jerry Brown's signing of Senate Bill 1070, which reauthorizes and revises the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative.
"I've made career technical education a top priority for one simple reason: it works. Students in these programs graduate at higher rates, and they do so prepared for lasting success in college and careers. I'm delighted the Pro Tem, his fellow legislators, and Governor Brown acted to extend and strengthen a program that already has a proven history of investing in successful education, training, and workforce development pathways—from middle school all the way to community college—in regions across California."
Since its inception in 2005, the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative has served nearly 750,000 California students in middle school, high school, and college. These and other investments have developed or revised courses and provided trainings and/or externships. They have also supported, among other programs, California Partnership Academies, Career Advancement Academies, and the Teacher Preparation Pipeline. The initiative was set to sunset at the end of 2012.
Torlakson sponsored the bill. Supporters of its extension and strengthening have included the California Chamber of Commerce, the California State PTA, the University of California, and the R.E.A.L. Coalition, which includes the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Bay Area Council, the Southern California Leadership Council, and several chambers of commerce, among others.