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Petaluma City Schools |  BP  6178  Instruction

Vocational Education   

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The Board of Education desires to provide a quality, expanded and modernized vocational and technical education program which provides services and activities that are of sufficient size, scope and quality to be effective. The goal of the program is to provide for an integration of academic and vocational components through a coherent sequence of courses to ensure learning in all subjects. The program shall also provide curriculum and program strategies reflecting workplace needs.

The district's program shall provide linkages between secondary and postsecondary vocational and technical education, including the implementation of tech-prep programs. Students shall also be given a strong experience and understanding of all aspects of an industry.

The Superintendent or designee shall expand the use of technology in the district's vocational program. He/she shall also provide professional development programs to teachers, counselors and administrators designed to provide effective practices to improve parental and community involvement and to ensure that teachers stay current with an industry.

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

(cf. 6030 - Integrated Academic and Vocational Instruction)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

The district's program shall provide equal access to students who are members of special populations. Students who are members of special populations shall not be unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of their status as a member of a special population. (20 USC 2354)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

Expenditures of Supplemental Funding

Every three years, the Board shall compare the district's existing vocational curriculum, course content and course sequence with model state curriculum standards. (Education Code 51226, 52376)

(cf. 3440 - Inventories)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for the systematic review of district vocational education classes to determine the degree to which each class may offer an alternative means for completing and receiving credit for specific portions of the course of study prescribed by the district for high school graduation. The Superintendent or designee shall present the Board with evidence that enables the Board to ensure that these classes are equivalent in content and rigor to the courses prescribed for graduation. (Education Code 52376)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

(cf. 6181 - Alternative Schools)

Advisory Committee

The Board shall appoint a vocational education advisory committee as required by law to develop recommendations on the vocational education program and provide liaison between the district and potential employers. (Education Code 8070)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

Legal Reference:


8070 Appointment of vocational education advisory committee

41541 Categorical Education Block Grant

48430 Legislative intent; continuation education schools and classes

51225.3 Requirements for graduation commencing with 1988-89 school year

51226 Model curriculum standards

51228 Graduation requirements; minimum standards; required curriculum; pupil demonstration of competence

52300-52499.6 Vocational education

52980-52982 Pilot projects in applied academic areas & programs


2301-2415 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act of 1998


104.1-104.39 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

106.1-106.61 Discrimination on the basis of sex, effectuating Title IX

Management Resources:


CDE, Secondary Education, Academic and Career Integration:

USDE, Office of Vocational and Adult Education:


adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California