Workforce Skills and Education

The workforce training and education systems do not sufficiently provide learning opportunities to produce graduates with basic skills and future career advancement. This contributes to the 20% illiteracy rate among the American labor force. California’s .5% training tax is not proportionately distributed to small business, thus creating greater burdens on small business owners to train their employees. Career Technical Education must be given equal emphasis in grades K – 12.
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Mike Hedges, Co-Chair

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Dan Walters, Co-Chair

2017 Legislative Bills

Workforce Skills and Education

BillCSBA POSITIONHouse of OriginSecond HouseGovernor
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AB 21 (Spot Bill)
Public post secondary education: Access to Higher Education for Every Student.
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AB 445
Career technical education: the California Career Technical Education Grant Program.
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AB 858
Pupil instruction: California Financial Literacy Initiative.
Support


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AB 916
Workforce development: local workforce development board.
Support

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AB 1111
Removing Barriers to Employment Act: Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative.
Support

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AB 1336
Unemployment Insurance Code, relating to workforce development.
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SB 366
Electrical corporations: workforce development: Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program.
Oppose

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SB 436
Teachers: California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway Act of 2017.
Watch

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SB 552
Career technical education: aptitude test.
SupportX
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Bill Summaries:

  • AB21 (Spot Bill) -This bill would express findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to the possible impacts on public postsecondary educational institutions in this state of changes in federal immigration policies and enforcement. Watch
  • AB445-This bill would change the name of the program to the California Career Technical Education Grant Program. The bill would increase to $300,000,000 the General Fund appropriation to the State Department of Education for this program for the 2017–18 fiscal year, and would further provide for an appropriation to the department in this amount for each subsequent fiscal year. Support
  • AB858- This bill would establish the California Financial Literacy Initiative as a program for improving financial literacy by offering instructional materials for teachers and parents to provide high-quality financial literacy education for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. This bill would establish the California Financial Literacy Initiative as a program for improving financial literacy by offering instructional materials for teachers and parents to provide high-quality financial literacy education for pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive.  Support
  • AB916 - Address the differing training needs of employers within the region based on size and legal structure of the business organization and to identify and promote strategies that support the training needs of emerging and dominant business type. Support
  • AB1111- The bill would specify that the purpose of the initiative is to create a grant program to assist individuals who have multiple barriers to employment to receive the remedial education and work readiness skills that will help those individuals to successfully participate in training, apprenticeship, or employment opportunities that enhance skill development that will lead to self-sufficiency and economic stability, and would set forth the goals of the initiative. Support
  • AB1336-Determine the approach for measuring labor market impacts, provided that, to the extent feasible, the board uses statistically rigorous methodologies to estimate, assess, and isolate the impact of programs on participant outcomes. Support
  • SB366-This bill would require the PUC, in consultation with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to establish rules by January 1, 2019, requiring an electrical corporation to establish training programs that will cultivate quality workforce development, and that will provide recruitment, job opportunities, and job retention strategies for residents living in disadvantaged communities. Oppose
  • SB436-This bill would establish the California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway for the purpose of recruiting, training, supporting, and retaining qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including military veterans, as mathematics and science teachers in California. Watch
  • This bill would require the State Department of Education to, on or before January 1, 2019, develop a new or revise an existing, or contract with an appropriate vendor to develop a new or revise an existing, career technical education test that measures aptitudes, or areas of interest, or both, for pupils, as specified. Support