Assemblymember Tony Thurmond joined the Chamber's Education & Workforce Development Council last Friday, discussing what the legislature is currently doing to address the statewide K-12 teacher shortage. The Council meeting also included remarks from Tara Kini of the Learning Policy Institute and from Dr. Michael Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge who offered ideas on how higher education can work proactively to produce more quality K-12 teachers. 75 percent of California school districts reported teacher shortages in the 2016-17 school year.
During last week’s Education & Workforce Development Council meeting, the Chamber’s L.A. Cash for College program was recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education . The Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Alejandra Ceja, presented the Chamber's Executive Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, David Rattray, and Director of Education & Workforce Development, Paola Santana, with the award. As a result of this recognition, L.A. Cash for College is included in a national database of Bright Spots, listed under K-12 Education and College Access.