The Senate today sent legislation aimed at expanding "green" jobs training for high school students across the state to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval.
SB X1 1, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg would provide grant funding for "green partnership academy" programs that include in their curriculum training for careers in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. The bill redirects $8 million from a California Energy Commission special fund to pay for the programs.
The bill, part of a package of clean jobs legislation advanced by legislative Democrats this year, had already been approved by both houses. The version that passed today on a 21-14 vote included amendments added by the Assembly.
"The fact of the matter is many of our students drop out of high school because they're bored and unmotivated," Steinberg said in a statement. "It's not because they're less intelligent than their peers, they simply don't see traditional curriculum leading to a real job."
Similar legislation approved last session was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wrote in a veto message that the move "would start a dangerous precedent for finding unrelated revenue sources to fund, expand, or create K-12 programs outside of the Proposition 98 guarantee."