Career tech programs and Ag ed programs in California public schools "are in a death spiral." -- Jim Aschwanden, at left, executive director of the California Agricultural Teachers Assn., as quoted in EdSource.
UPDATE, February 18, 2014: Happy Valentine's Day Not for California's Future Farmers: the nonpartisan Legislative Analysts Office sided with Governor Brown that the Agricultural Career Tech Ed Grant (see history below) belongs in the general money pot to be distributed at the discretion of local school boards (the Local Control Funding Formula), rather than protected as a categorical (designated) fund. While the LAO does not make law, it does strongly influence the Legislature's actions.
As reported by Susan Frey in EdSource:
... the [LAO] also calls upon the Legislature to “take steps” to ensure that districts are held accountable for providing quality career-oriented education to high school students.
“It’s an interesting strategy,” said Jim Aschwanden, at left, executive director of the California Agriculture Teachers’ Association and a former State Board of Education member. “They are in the process of destroying career tech while they restructure it in the future.”
February 7, 2014: "Spared" on the back of an FFA jacket was last year's sigh of relief. But the axe is hanging once again over agricultural education in public schools. As Dawn Henley writes in the Oakdale Leader, Governor Brown, overruled last year, has once again dropped the Agricultural Career Technical Education Incentive Grant ($4.1 million statewide to schools, based on membership in Future Farmers of America) from the proposed '14-'15 state budget.