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State Senate Tours, Touts LBUSD

In what may be an unprecedented field trip, most of the California State Senate met at Cabrillo High School this week for a policy conference on education.

At least 31 of the 37 senators confirmed attendance at the meeting, which included presentations on the implementation of “linked learning” career pathways in high schools.  Senators visited career academy classrooms at Cabrillo before heading to Long Beach City College the following day to see related classes and programs.

"We know that one of the best ways to improve outcomes for our students and to close achievement gaps is to align rigorous academics to the world of work and careers.  Long Beach Unified is on the cutting edge of linked learning in California, and consistently ranks among the top-performing school districts in the country," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.  "This fact-finding conference is a great opportunity for a firsthand look at what's working for our students and to ask questions and learn from those who are achieving success."

"In addition to studying a successful school system focused on meeting our workforce needs, this is a prime opportunity for senators to get out of the Capitol and experience a day in the life of California high school and community college students," said Sen. Bob Huff, Senate Republican Leader.

Senators also heard presentations and perspectives on the state's transition to common core standards, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula, and the implementation of Senate Bill 1458, which changes the criteria of California's Academic Performance Index (API).