By Patrick McGreevy
LA Times
March 5, 2013,A�10:28 a.m.

The state Senate is taking a rare field trip, heading to Long Beach on Tuesday to learn how career technical education programs are working in some model schools.

Most of the 40 senators are expected at the bipartisan California State Senate Policy Conference on Education, which includes tours of career academy classrooms to review how academics and technical training are being merged.

“We know that one of the best ways to improve outcomes for our students and to close achievement gaps is to align rigorous academics to the world of work and careers,” said Senate President Pro TemA�Darrell SteinbergA�(D-Sacramento).

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