Letters on Schools Designed for the Future

EdVoice advocates for more flexibility to allow for innovation in school design and content delivery, modernization of pedagogy, and aligning course offerings and curriculum to align with today’s entrance standards for postsecondary education, technical training and good paying 21st Century jobs. Ensuring our schools are designed for the future will allow for every student in California to reach their full potential.

 Career Technical   Education Incentive   Grant Program 

March 26, 2021 - Assembly Education Committee - AB 839 - Support

EdVoice is in support of AB 839, which would appropriate $150 million in funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) program above the current funding level. This adjustment is needed to meet established student demand for high quality CTE programs. Students who participate in high-quality career and technical education are more likely to graduate from high school, earn industry credentials, enroll in college, and have higher rates of employment and higher earnings.

 Later School Start Times 

September 9, 2019 - Press Release - The Research is Clear: Support SB 328 and California Students

EdVoice stands with the academic and medical communities in supporting SB 328 and urging the legislature to prioritize improved health, safety and academic outcomes of California students.
“The data is clear: SB 328 is an efficient way to achieve significant improvement in academic and health outcomes for all California secondary students,” said Bill Lucia, President of EdVoice. 

 Later School Start Times 

July 2, 2019 - Assembly Education Committee - SB 328 

EdVoice is in support of SB 328, which would establish prerequisite start times for middle and high schools for the purposes of counting average daily attendance from state apportionments, as specified.
A consensus of peer-reviewed education and medical research reveals early middle and high school start times are the primary contributor to adolescent sleep deprivation. And, the research causally links sleep deprivation directly to lower academic outcomes, lower health outcomes, and increased mental health issues and traffic accidents, especially for teens.

 Combining Partial   Coursework Credits 

April 16, 2019 - Assembly Education Committee - AB 150 - Support

EdVoice is in support of AB 150, which would allow a school district, county office of education or charter school to combine any partial coursework credits that were satisfactorily completed in courses within the same subject area when issuing course credit. AB 150 removes a barrier for foster and other highly-mobile youth in graduating from high school and seeking out post-secondary academic and employment opportunities.