Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) was recognized as “Policy Champion” during a Policy Convention recently hosted by the Linked Learning Alliance in Sacramento. Senator Huff was recognized for his many contributions to the Linked Learning education approach utilized by many California high schools and his efforts to promote a program that has resulted in a number of academic success stories.
Linked Learning is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical education and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education and careers. Students can choose among industry-themed pathways in fields such as engineering, arts and media and biomedicine and health.
“It’s my distinct honor to be recognized for my work on behalf of a bi-partisan education reform effort that has brought positive results to our classrooms,” said Senator Huff. “Research shows that Linked Learning students of all demographic profiles have higher rates of persistence, higher graduation rates than their peers at traditional high schools and show strong scores on state tests.”
The Linked Learning Policy Champion award recognizes public officials who have made outstanding contributions to advance student access to the Linked Learning approach in California.
Senator Huff was recognized for his efforts to help lead a bi-partisan study mission for members of the Senate to learn about the Linked Learning approach in the Long Beach Unified School District. This study mission inspired and garnered support for the $500 million California Career Pathways Trust program that is incentivizing partnerships between schools, employers, and community colleges in support of pathways.
The Senate Minority Leader was also the keynote speaker at the 2013 Linked Learning Regional Convening in the Inland Empire, where he encouraged employment leaders to get involved with Linked Learning. Senator Huff also hosted a 2014 district summit on Linked Learning as a strategy for closing the skills gap, and the need for employers to partner with schools.
Senator Huff has advocated for Linked Learning on the floor of the Senate, and in communication with his constituents, with Linked Learning highlighted news releases and videos issued by his office. He authored legislation, SB 1185, which would have provided school districts with greater flexibility to deviate from seniority-based staffing provisions in order to retain Linked Learning teachers whose particular training and expertise can be difficult to replace, and SB 1082, which would have required schools to ensure that parents have access to information about career pathway opportunities at their child’s school.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
The article above was released by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff.
Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar). Courtesy photo.