More education newsThe California State Senate passed SB 1231 on Tuesday with a bipartisan vote of 36-11.
The bill would create a new “STEM education fund” for state schools and fund the STEM curriculum through grants and loans.
The fund would be available for any student who has a bachelor’s degree in STEM fields.
The proposed bill would also provide a scholarship for those who earn a bachelor of science degree in a STEM field.SB 1231 also would increase funding for the state’s Advanced Placement Program, or AP, for California high school students by $2.5 billion over three years, to help students prepare for college, according to the proposal.
The bill also provides $2 million for the California College Grant, which would provide a grant to low-income students to attend college, and $1.5 million to support STEM-related apprenticeship programs for high school and college students.
California is one of a few states that have been experimenting with the use of STEM-based funding in the wake of the Great Recession.
The state has received a number of grants and other support, such as a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to support education and training in science and technology, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The state also has awarded grants to support its STEM workforce, which includes teachers, computer science teachers, STEM educators, STEM technical professionals, and STEM managers.
The state currently relies on the federal Education Department to fund its STEM programs, which it relies on to fund a variety of programs.
But under the state law, the Department of Education would receive the majority of funding for California’s STEM programs.
“I think that our current model is just not working,” Senator Linda Sanchez (D-San Francisco) said during the debate, according the Los Angeles Times.
“It is too expensive for California.”
The bill’s sponsors argue that the state should be investing in STEM education.
“We need to invest in education to prepare our students to be successful in the workforce,” Assemblyman Ed Chauhan (D) said in a statement after the vote.
“We need a STEM-focused education system that teaches our students STEM-specific skills, and that will provide the kind of career opportunities that California needs.”
The state’s new STEM funding bill also expands a statewide STEM workforce investment fund, which has been in place since 2009, according a statement from Assemblyman Mark Leno (D).
“We are moving the goalposts to build on our current investments to support our state’s workforce and create jobs,” Leno said.
“Our state’s education system should be focused on making the most of its vast resources to prepare students for a wide variety of careers,” Assemblywoman Linda Sanchez said during a press conference after the bill was passed.
“Instead, our state is putting money in our pockets, rather than our students, and failing to fund the workforce needed to prepare California’s students for success in today’s workforce.”
The proposal would also create a STEM education fund for California schools.
The funding would cover the cost of the curriculum and teacher certification and would be distributed among California high schools, community colleges, technical schools, and universities.
The funding would be used to create STEM-intensive programs that teach STEM subjects, including math, science, and engineering.
The California Department of Developmental Services and the state Department of Transportation would be responsible for administering the STEM education funds.
“It’s important to note that the STEM funding will support the state to implement the statewide STEM workforce program,” a statement released by the department read.
“The state also wants to work with California communities to build and support a robust STEM workforce that will support our economy, and create thousands of jobs.”
The California Education Association and the National Association of Community Colleges also support the bill.
“The California Legislature needs to put more focus on providing state funding to the states STEM workforce development efforts and instead focus on supporting our students in STEM careers,” NACAC said in the statement.
“State leaders should take a hard look at the $2 billion that the California STEM Fund is asking for and not only fund it, but make sure that the funds are used wisely.”
The Senate also passed a bill on Tuesday that would create an online credentialing program to allow people to apply for jobs that match their educational background.
The measure would establish a statewide certification program to encourage more people to take online courses.
The legislation would also require online courses to meet certain requirements, such a high bar for students to pass and an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
The program would be open to people who are not already certified in the state.
Students would be able to apply online to be certified by the state, and the State Board of Education could determine if a course meets these requirements.
The State Board, the state education commissioner, and state and local public schools would each administer the program.
California will be the first state to launch an online degree and certification