March 13, 2013: KION TV in the Central Valley reports: There's yet another way to fund [state] agricultural education initiatives on the Central Coast and throughout California: special interest agriculture license plates.
Agricultural education in California is on the list of programs that are slated to be moved from categorical funding to "block grants" to school districts under Governor Brown's proposed Local Control Funding Formula.
The state Dept. of Motor Vehicles needed 7,500 orders to make the ag plates; 8,355 were in the initial order. The plates can be ordered through the DMV, which will begin issuing the first ones this month.
.For special plates with random numbers and letters, chosen by the DMV, is $50, and $40 to renew them each year...personalized plates (maximum of six characters): $98; $78 annual renewal. The [DMV] keeps "a small portion" as a processing fee...
The California Agricultural Teachers Association expects the first monies from this effort to reach ag ed programs by July 2013.