The Education & Workforce Development Policy team seeks to promote and champion high-quality education in our region to develop a strong, diverse, local workforce through cross-sector partnerships, programs, and policy advocacy. Membership is comprised of companies that have a vested interest in developing and supporting California’s public education system.
Hire Together: Virtual Career Fair
In 2020, we hosted a first-of-its-kind virtual career fair featuring Leadership Group member companies that brought together 25 community colleges, universities, nonprofits and workforce boards. The Hire Together Virtual Career Fair connected 1,000 job seekers with employers for a two-hour, interactive session.
Community College to Career Initiative
In 2018 and 2019, our Community College to Career program worked with Leadership Group member companies, Silicon Valley community colleges, and partner nonprofits to provide over 1,400 work-based learning, career exposure, and hiring opportunities to community college students.
Addressing the Teacher Shortage
The Leadership Group advocated for funding for teacher recruitment and training, resulting in $41.3 million in the state budget dedicated towards tackling the ongoing teacher shortage.
Expanding Access to Computer Science
In 2016, the state legislature passed AB 2329 (Bonilla) which established a Computer Science Strategic Advisory Board to develop recommendations for an implementation plan, which, in turn, will help ensure that students and especially those in under-represented communities have access to CS education.
Diversifying the STEM Pipeline
In 2016, the state legislature passed SB 359 (Mitchell) which requires each school district serving grades 8 or 9 to develop and implement a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement policy ensuring fair math placement for women and students of color
Governor's 2016-2017 Budget
In 2016, the Governor’s budget included an increase of $7.8 million to provide access to full-day State Preschool for nearly 3,000 eligible children in the 2016-2017 school year. Over the next four years, funding will increase to $100 million to serve an additional 8,877 children in full-day State Preschool. In addition, efforts to do away with guaranteed transitional kindergarten statewide were turned aside. That said, we’re still not back to pre-2008 funding levels, and the need for high-quality early education remains great.
We supported the efforts of multiple coalitions to advocate for increasing funding to Early Childhood Education and to retain transitional kindergarten as an ongoing entitlement program. Additionally, as a member of the CA Business Advisory Council, we signed on to a letter advocating for increased funding to Early Childhood Education in the state budget.K-12.
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Education & Workforce Development Policy team advocate for local, county, and state education legislation and ballot measures based on the decisions of its Education Committee, Working Council, and Board of Directors. Both bills and ballot measures are presented to these committees for discussion and voting.
Education Committee Meetings
Member-only committee meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. These meetings generally include:
- Speaker presentations from external non-profits, researchers, and education leaders
- Informative briefings about Leadership Group policy advocacy
- Voting on the policy directions the Leadership Group should take
To learn more about joining the committee please contact David Palter at [email protected]. A full agenda packet with location information, previous meeting minutes and policy briefing papers is distributed at least one week in advance.
Committee Chair: Juliet Tiffany Morales, Google
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