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Accessible Clean Transportation Options SB 350

 

In 2015, Governor Brown and the California Legislature passed the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB 350, De León, Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015) directing CARB to conduct a study to better understand the barriers low-income residents must overcome to increase access to zero-emission and near zero emission transportation and mobility options, and to develop recommendations to increase access.

SB 350 established as a State priority the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of various clean energy policies, including widespread transportation electrification, for the benefit of all Californians.  Transportation electrification, including access to clean transportation and mobility options, is the cornerstone of California’s future towards meeting air quality, public health, and climate goals, along with ensuring economic prosperity, social equity, and energy security needs.

Clean Transportation and Mobility Options 

  • Active transportation such as biking and walking
  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission light-duty cars and trucks 
  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission transit and school buses
  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission cars near public transit for public use, ride share, car share, vanpools, bike share, and mobility hubs, etc.
  • Supporting infrastructure for vehicle charging and fueling and safe biking and walking, etc.

Public Participation

Starting in 2016, CARB staff undertook a public process, directly engaging local community members, including low-income residents, across the State in discussions to understand issues they face with transportation in their communities, and to identify the main barriers to clean transportation access.  This also provided CARB opportunities to inform residents of opportunities currently available to improve clean transportation access and empower transportation decisions.  Recognizing that California has regional differences, and that barriers differ by region, CARB identified case study and literature review communities statewide, including rural, urban, suburban and tribal community types that cover different California regions, (e.g., Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley and San Joaquin Valleys, and inland and coastal areas of Southern California).  CARB also consulted with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and other State and local transportation and planning agencies on barriers and opportunities, and in the formulation of recommendations.  

CARB incorporated input received from this process into the Draft Guidance Document – Low Income Barriers Study, Part B: Overcoming Barriers to Clean Transportation Access for Low Income Residents, published in April, 2017 for public review and comment.  Following release of the draft document, CARB returned to meet with stakeholders and residents from the case study communities, and continued the public engagement process.  The Final Guidance Document – Low-Income Barriers Study, Part B: Overcoming Barriers to Clean Transportation Access for Low-Income Residents, reflects this additional community and stakeholder feedback, and public comments submitted on the draft document. 

CARB is seeking additional public engagement specific to the ongoing SB 350 implementation efforts.  CARB, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and CPUC, will jointly be holding an SB 350 Equity Milestones and Implementation Progress workshop on August 29, 2018 in Sacramento.

Task Force

In May 2017, the Governor’s Office established an SB 350 Task Force to implement CARB and Energy Commission priority recommendations.  The Task Force is comprised of over 15 state agencies implementing clean transportation and energy programs, as well as related disciplines including but not limited to public health, water, workforce development, and housing.  The Task Force is currently focused on implementing recommendations that most directly address the barriers to clean transportation and energy access for low-income residents and disadvantaged communities, maximize benefits, and can be implemented over the next two years.  The Task Force is essential in fostering the broad, ongoing collaboration needed to move the needle forward in increasing clean transportation and energy access for low-income and disadvantaged communities across the State.


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 Senate Bill (SB) 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, requires that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission create a Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group (DACAG) to provide advice on programs proposed to achieve clean energy and pollution reduction. As defined in SB 350, disadvantaged communities are the most burdened census tracts in California. Relative burden is determined by review of data on 20 pollution/ health and socio-economic factors. 

 SB 350 emphasizes the importance and need for increasing access to clean, diverse transportationand mobility options for all Californians. ... In This Section ... CARB Barriers Report: Final Guidance Document ... CEC Barriers Study ... Develop a one-stop-shop to apply and qualify for low carbon transportation equity ... WE NEED TO CONVERT THE STATE OF CALIF CALTRANS ATP GRANT PROGRAM INTO A NEW NOV,2019 LEGISLATION SO THAT THE STATE OF CALIF CAN SHIFT SB 1 GAS TAX INTO SB 350 STUDY TO FUND AND REMOVE CAL TRANS.. CURRENTLY IN MY AREA MANPOWER TO SUPPORT SAFE ROUTE SCHOOL IS VERY WEAK. THE ASSEMBLY / SENATE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO ASK FOR SCAG OF THERE CITIES WHAT MANPOWER LEVELS TO CONTINUE AT IT CURRENT MAINTENANCE LEVEL OF SERVICE AND WHATS THE EXPECTED GROWTH EXPANSION WITH STAFF NEEDED . THE SB 1 OUGHT TO HELP BACK FILL FROM GOV BROWN REMOVING LOCAL TAX DOLLARS.  MANY CITIES ARE SHORT ON CASH.SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL A VERY VITAL TOOL FOR MENTAL HEALTH BY EXERCISING GOING TO SCHOOL THEN HAVING MORE TIME WITH PARENT SOCIAL CONNECTION WITH FAMILY AND IMPROVES EDUCATION BEING MORE AWAKE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC NATIONAL AVERAGE VERY  IN DENVER WAS REPORTED 35% REDUCTION..

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Calling all Plumbers, Builders, Carpenters, and Electricians-in-Training!

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The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System

 The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) will give you a real-world advantage in a competitive job market and provide the academic skills needed for post-secondary education. Apply today, and take the first step to pursue a unique technical education!


For the 2019–2020 school year the application process has changed. If you are interested in applying for E.C. Goodwin Technical High School, A.I. Prince Technical High School and Howell Cheney Technical High Schoolfor fall 2019 classes, you must submit an online application through the Regional School Choice Office. Please select this option below.

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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CENTER EDUCATION WORK FORCE

 Education beyond high school is the biggest investment students make in their transition from youth dependence to adult independence. But skyrocketing tuition costs and limited information about outcomes have made investing in American higher education a risky bet.

 

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National Blue Ribbon Schools—Learning Requires Engagement

 Featured below are two 2017 National Blue Ribbon awardees that demonstrate the importance of student engagement in successful schooling. These videos showcase promising practices in the arts and social emotional learning, strengthening the conclusion that student learning requires engagement. 

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Signed into Law

 Perkins V also updates and expands the definition of “special populations” to include homeless individuals, foster youth, and those who have aged out of the foster care system, and youth with a parent who is on active duty in the armed forces.  The new law also increases the amount states may spend on students in state correctional systems,  

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 Sacramento) - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) spoke passionately about the importance of career technical education (CTE) during a hearing on the future of CTE in California. Frazier benefited from CTE – previously called vocational education – when he was in California public schools. The skills he learned in shop classes that he started taking as early as junior high put him on a career path in construction after high school that eventually led to him becoming a contractor and building a successful home construction business. CTE courses have been disappearing from California public schools in recent decades. As an employer, Frazier says this has frustrated and saddened him.  “A lot of kids come out of high school, and they go into the workforce and don’t have this training, and they’re embarrassed because they can’t be helpful so they give up,” Assemblymember Frazier said. “So then they flounder around looking for a place. I think we need to be able to give opportunities to these young individuals.” To hear the rest of his testimony, watch this Assembly Access video. 

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It’s Time to Rethink Career and Technical Education

 A recent state reported data set on CTE participation shows only 8 million of America’s 15 million high school students participate in a CTE course in a given year. Additionally, only 1 in 5 high school students chose to concentrate in a CTE program of study. At the same time, the numbers of transfer students at community colleges are outpacing those enrolled in CTE certificate or associates degree pathways. This results in an America where employers face a profound skills gap and students carry $1.5 trillion in financial aid debt. Too few students are taking advantage of CTE educational opportunities that lead to great jobs and careers. It is time for Career and Technical Education in the U.S. to be the nimble, demand-driven talent development system that it is meant to be. 

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#RethinkSchool: Struggling Student Discovers Path through Colorado Apprenticeship Program

 

Sierra didn’t always dream of working in the insurance business. In fact, until recently, she didn’t even know if she’d finish high school.

But with the help of a caring counselor, a local business and an innovative state effort, Sierra is now thriving in her new role as a full-time employee at Pinnacol Assurance.

Her journey from struggling student to working professional began when Sierra’s counselor approached her with a new opportunity through CareerWise, a Colorado nonprofit that helps businesses recruit talent through paid apprenticeships that begin in high school.

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15 Fast Facts about the Swiss Apprenticeship Program

 

This morning, the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor and Commerce joined the Swiss government in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on apprenticeships. This agreement will build upon ongoing collaboration between the United States and Switzerland to encourage businesses and stakeholders to promote the value of apprenticeship programs and develop effective strategies to increase awareness of and access to work-based learning.

While you may be familiar with apprenticeship programs in the United States, there is a lot to know about Switzerland’s programs. In recognition of this morning’s MOU signing, here are 15 fast facts about the Swiss Apprenticeship Program:

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Autism – A Family’s Journey and the Lights Along the Way

 

Autism.

There was a time when I couldn’t even say the word out loud. It was too painful, too devastating to utter. I wanted to believe that if I didn’t say the word, it didn’t exist. But it does exist; it’s real, and it’s beautiful, and it’s challenging all at the same time. And whether I say the word or not, my son Chris has autism.

I’ve been on this autism journey for 30 years now, more than half my life. Back in 1990, when Chris was first diagnosed, there was no autism awareness month, because there wasn’t autism awareness. Family, friends, and neighbors looked at me quizzically when I shared his diagnosis. What does that mean? How did he get it? How do you cure it? But I did not have the answers. Even the multitude of doctors we saw could not provide the answers. Since that time, there has been an exponential increase in the number of children diagnosed, and almost everyone has been touched by autism in some way. So today, when a family shares the diagnosis, others are usually aware of what it means.

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National Blue Ribbon Schools—Breaking the Mold

 

National Blue Ribbon Schools are special places, each unique to their communities, their students, their staff and their leaders, yet they are producing outstanding results for all their students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or zip code.  They are closing the gaps in student achievement and, in most cases, demonstrating consistent excellence.

Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program visits a handful of schools to learn more about what makes these outstanding schools tick.  Video profiles offer glimpses of dynamic students, teachers and principals in action—a day in the life of a National Blue Ribbon School.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Visits the Netherlands

 The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, travelled to the Netherlands for an official program on June 11-12, as the second stop on a three country trip to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, to explore the vocational education, decentralized school systems, and apprenticeship programs within Europe. 

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