FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
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Parents, FFA and Community Members:
Ag Funding has been left out of the Governor's proposed budget. The impact of that decision is described below! Our Assemblyman, Dr. Pan is on board with Ag. Education. If you chosse to contact him, please thank him for his continued support. Its some of the other assemblymen that need convincing!
Impact of Governor Brown’s Proposal to Eliminate Agricultural Education and the FFA Programs in our Schools
Since the inception of current Agricultural Incentive Grant funding, innovative programs and coursework have been developed that are attracting record numbers of students into Agricultural Education programs throughout the state. These programs currently send more students onto post-secondary colleges and training institutions, where they graduate with degrees in larger numbers and in shorter time frames than their peers in general academic programs.
This proposal to eliminate the Agricultural Education Incentive Grant threatens a nationally-recognized delivery model in Agricultural Education that has over 1330 courses approved for admission recognition by the UC and CSU systems, and which provides essential Agricultural Education and leadership training experiences for students interested in careers in Agriculture – a vitally important component of California’s economy.
Specifically, this proposal would:
Remove targeted incentive funding from high schools currently offering Agricultural Education programs and redistribute those funds across the board to all schools in California with total discretion for use at the local level. Schools currently offering Agricultural Education programs would no longer receive those funds, which would be folded into the Local Control Funding Formula base grant for distribution to all schools. The net impact of adding these monies to the LCFF base would amount to less than 66 cents per student per year.
Remove any incentive for districts to continue to offer Agricultural Education programs, since these courses and programs are not part of the state-mandated graduation coursework, and are not part of the computation of current school accountability measures.
Virtually eliminate the capacity of these programs to carry on programs and activities involving the Future Farmers of America student organization, which currently has over 74,000 members in over 300 local chapters throughout California.
Eliminate programmatic funding for other Career Technical Education programs such as Specialized Secondary Programs and Regional Occupational Programs, which also make up an important component of Agricultural Education programs statewide.
Threaten California’s economic and agricultural future while producing virtually no benefit to existing educational funding streams.
Important Information Regarding Agricultural Education:
Enrollment in Agricultural Education has increased from 21,000 students in the mid 1980’s to over 74,000 students today – while enrollment in other CTE sectors has declined during that same time.
Of the students enrolled in Agricultural Education today in California, 51% are Hispanic, while 35% are White.
There are 1,337 Ag Education courses approved by UC/CSU for meeting the admission requirements of those universities, representing 45% of Ag courses offered statewide.
Ag Education programs have compiled graduate follow-up data for their graduating seniors since 1984. If students complete a minimum series of 3 courses in Ag Education during their high school tenure, they enter postsecondary education at a 76% level, which is substantially higher than the general high school population.
Several studies have demonstrated that students nationwide that complete a series of 3 CTE courses graduate from high school in higher numbers, go on to postsecondary education in higher numbers, graduate from college in greater numbers, and complete their degrees in less time than their peers who do not take CTE coursework.
The California Future Farmers of America student organization is a nationally-recognized model of excellence for developing leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in high school-age youth. Nearly 5,000 students attend the State FFA Leadership Conference held annually in Fresno, making it the largest student organization conference in California and the largest convention gathering in the city of Fresno.
Given that California is the leading agricultural state in the UnitesStates and a major component of our states’ economic well-being, it is important that strong and vibrant Agricultural Education programs exist within our schools to attract talented and motivated people to seek careers in this vital industry. Agricultural Education programs have produced many leaders at the State, National, and International levels who credit those programs with motivating them and developing their leadership potential.
Agricultural Education programs combine rigorous academic instruction with learn-by-doing strategies – resulting in greater understanding and relevance to students. In an era that far too often emphasizes rote memorization and standardized testing strategies, Ag Education offers a unique and compelling opportunity for students to develop both their academic and personal life skills.
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What's new With Elk Grove FFA?
Looking for some activity points this new semester? There are plenty available to earn! In fact earn 2 for serving at the Project Ride barn on January 18, 2014. Get a permission slip from your ag teacher. We need 120 servers on the 18th from 5-9pm. Dress in a white shirt and jeans.
Our monthly meeting for January will be the annual Blacklight Dodgeball tournament held in the Cartwright on January 15th at 6 pm. Sign up your team of ten in your ag class today!!!!
Its that time again...time to prep the farm for spring animal projects! Join us for voluntary farm clean up Wednesday January 15th at 3:30 to prepare for incoming animals. Sign up for your cleaning day if you will be housing an animal at our farm! Cleaning day sign-ups will be in F-1 on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 7:30-8:30 am. Don't miss it!
Last event of the month will be the Section Public speaking contest hosted here at EGHS. our students will be competing against the other FFA chapters in the section in 5 different speaking contests. Cheer them on and earn an activity point by watching the creed contest in the little theatre on the 29th afterschool.
Stay tuned for National FFA Week inofrmation...coming soon!
Interested in supporting FFA and Agriculture in California? Get an AG license plate to sport on your vehicle! For a one time fee of $50, you could join the proud ag supporters of this state. To get yours today, log on to the California DMV website and place your order! If you have questions or need details, email Mrs. Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elk Grove High School Agriculture Department/FFA 9800 Elk Grove-Florin Road Elk Grove, CA 95624 916-686-7741