LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Most of California’s state Senate took part Tuesday in a rare and possibly unprecedented educational field trip.
More than two dozen of the state’s 40 senators headed south from Sacramento to visit classrooms at Cabrillo High School and Long Beach City College on Tuesday, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.
They were there to look at programs run by Long Beach Unified, the state’s third largest district and an early adopter of what is known as “linked learning,” in which academic and technical classes are designed to lead students from K-12 through college and into an occupation.
More than 1,200 businesses, agencies and organizations have formed education partnerships with the district’s schools.
“It serves as a model for other school districts throughout California,” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, who conceived of the trip.
The senators talked to students, teachers and administrators at the two schools Tuesday, and the two-day conference will continue on Wednesday.
The trip was expected to cost taxpayers at least $27,000 in travel and lodging for the senators and their aides, including some security staff, the Senate disclosed last week.
Steinberg said before the trip that it was a “good expense of public dollars.”