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State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he will try to encourage the Swiss model of education, in which businesses take a role in preparing high school students for meaningful employment.

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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am

In final year in office, Steinberg to make big push for linked learning

Darrell Steinberg’s time is running short at the Capitol, and he has declared a final year focus: linked learning.

The Sacramento Democrat on Monday joined several local education and business leaders to highlight a $250 million grant program he hopes will give high school a boost of relevancy by connecting students to the world of work. Steinberg encouraged schools and employers to apply for grants to create more opportunities for applied learning.

Steinberg recently returned from a European study trip and said he was impressed with the Swiss model in which businesses take an active role in preparing students for work and government focuses less on remediation and more on providing a relevant education.

“As I head into my final year in the Legislature, this is my top focus,” he said. “I don’t have the luxury of multiyear projects, two-year bills or do-overs any more. This is it. When it comes to making lasting change, in my view there is no more important challenge to tackle.”

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