Salas Fights Again for FFA, Career Technical Education

Friday, May 19, 2017

Governor’s budget eliminates funds for programs like Future Farmers of America

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and James Gallagher (R- Yuba City) have spearheaded a bipartisan effort to ensure continued funding for Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) like the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.

“During my first year in the Assembly I fought to protect FFA and Career Technical Education funding because I know the value that these programs bring to the lives of students and to California’s workforce,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “Together, through a bipartisan effort we can protect career technical education programs like FFA that help train California’s next generation of leaders.”

“California is the leading agricultural-producing state in the Nation, and jeopardizing funding for Career Technical Education programs like FFA is a mistake,” said Assemblymember Gallagher.  “These programs involve students in their local communities while building their confidence and helping them develop important leadership skills,” Gallagher continued.

Governor Brown is proposing shifting $15.4 million that is currently provided to the Department of Education to fund these programs to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCO).  In addition to FFA, the Department of Education uses the funds to train career technical education (CTE) teachers and for 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 Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance will be considering the Governor’s proposal on Monday.  Salas and Gallagher have submitted requests to the committee to reject the proposal. 

Asm. Salas Letter to Budget Committee Re: FFA and Career Technical Education Funds