Salas and FFA Students Save State Funding

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Assembly Subcommittee takes action to formally reject Governor’s proposal

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was joined by student leaders from the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program to advocate for continued state funding before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance.  The committee rejected the Governor’s proposal to shift $15.4 million away from the California Department of Education (CDE) for which career technical education programs like FFA rely on.  

“Programs like FFA prepare students to be leaders, equipping them with the skills needed to be successful in today’s workforce,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “Today’s action to reject the Governor’s proposal to shift funds away from these programs is an important step help save FFA and other programs that help us grow California’s next generation of leaders.”

Governor Brown has proposed to shift $15.4 million away from the CDE that is currently used to fund programs like FFA.  The funds are also used to train teachers and fund Partnership Academy Programs, which help schools create communities that integrate academics, CTE, and business partnerships.  Funds are also used to create CTE coursework that counts towards college admission. 

The Subcommittee’s action includes ongoing funding for programs like FFA through the CDE rejecting the Governor’s proposal to divert the funding.  The deadline to pass the state budget is June 15.