The state Senate is taking a rare field trip, heading to Long Beach on Tuesday to learn how career technical education programs are working in some model schools.
Most of the 40 senators are expected at the bipartisan California State Senate Policy Conference on Education, which includes tours of career academy classrooms to review how academics and technical training are being merged.
"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," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).
He said the Long Beach Unified School District is on the "cutting edge of linked learning in California," and is one of the top performing districts in the country.
"This fact-finding conference is a great opportunity for a firsthand look at what’s working for our students in elementary, secondary and higher education, and to ask questions and learn from those who are achieving success," Steinberg said.
The two-day policy conference includes meetings at Cabrillo High School and Long Beach City College.