Updated November 15th, 2013
We appreciate the
Legislature and Administration’s effort to stem the bleeding for the K-12 adult
education system by including a maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement for two
years (through FY 14-15).
We are very pleased that
the Administration has come to recognize the importance of dedicated funding
for Adult Education. The Department of
Finance has committed to dedicated funding in FY 15-16 and beyond.
LCFF whereby all categorical dollars will be used for the K-12 student’s needs,
it is critical that dedicated funding is provided to ensure K-12 access remains
available for adults with basic skills, ESL, and career training needs.
to remember, prior to categorical flexibility, K-12 adult schools were serving
over 1.5 million students with a categorical allocation statewide of over $750
million. In 2010 census data indicated
over 5 million adults in California were in need of basic skills and high
is critical to ensure adequate dedicated funding, with growth is provided to
adult education to ensure the need is met to foster economic growth and
decreased need on state assistance through empowerment of adults in need of
these services and programs.
We are pleased the
Administration and Department of Finance has come to appreciate the benefit of
a dual delivery system for adult education – K-12 adult education AND community college. Accessibility is an issue that the LAO
addresses in that it acknowledges the strong points of both systems. The need
to educate locally through the existing infrastructure of the adult schools
throughout the state is critical to serving the population and meeting the need.
Under AB 86
(2013), regional consortia development and planning processes are underway
locally across the state between K-12 adult schools, community colleges, and
other regional service providers. This
is intended to help foster better coordination, collaboration and pathways for
students to postsecondary education and career opportunities.
maintenance of effort (MOE) for K-12 districts to continue funding adult
schools is only for two years, it is critical that the planning grants
associated with AB 86 are distributed as quickly as possible to provide
sufficient time for consortia to prepare their regional plan and to ensure
stability for the K-12 adult education system in FY 15-16 and beyond.
Not all regions
are the same. Some adult schools have
been working collaboratively with their community colleges for years. Others have had strained relationships and no
experience – good or bad – and what your regional consortium is contemplating
for program coordination and service delivery going forward.***
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Here is a Monday update from the AB86 CDE/CCC Consortium Planning Workgroup:
* The website is active will have regular updates including Frequently Asked Questions based on questions submitted so far. FAQs should be up within the next couple of days. Questions submitted through the website are sought and welcomed. http://ab86.cccco.edu
* Survey of Interest was sent out last week to Superintendents and Chancellors/Presidents and it is due October 18th.
* Those who want to self-nominate to serve on the Stakeholder Sounding Board may sign up on the website now.
* There will be four Town Halls in late October- Bay Area, Southern California, Central, and Northern California - sites being secured now - check the website for more details.
* There will be a series of webinars to keep people updated beginning on Friday, Oct. 11 - details will be on the website
* Anyone can sign up on the website to receive the weekly e-newsletter - first issue out this week.
* Request For Applications will be out late December. The RFA will not be competitive.
* The Town Halls will help inform the RFA and the workgroup will be asking for strategic feedback.
* The Stakeholders Sounding Board will have an opportunity to respond to a series of questions within the next few weeks.
* The Work Group continues to consult with the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst's Office, other experts and is researching adult education in other states.
MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP FOR THE E-NEWSLETTERS on the website:
The AB86 Stakeholder Sounding Board site is active. If interested please submit your name.
The five areas identified as part of AB 86 and referred to on the Sounding Board are:
* Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
* Classes and course for immigrants eligible for education services in citizenship and English as a second language and workforce preparation classes in basic skills
* Education programs for adults with disabilities
* Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential
* Programs for apprentices
ACSA Adult Ed State Council President
CAEAA VP for Communications
On behalf of my clients the California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA) and California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) and in conjunction with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), attached for your review and consideration are three documents related to the CDE and CCC joint effort to move forward with the development and implementation of the adult education planning and implementation grants and overall regional consortia effort.
• AB 86 Data for Consortium (Excel)
• AB 86 Consortia Planning Grant Process CDE CCC Letter (PDF)
• AB 86 Regional Consortia Planning Framework Overview (PDF)
The Fight to Save K-12 Based Adult Education Continues to Escalate
As you may know by now, SB 173 (Liu) failed to pass out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee last week. Instead, it was decided that the measure would become a two-year bill to allow for further discussions over the interim and early next year. Recall, SB 173 was intended to be the first step in reforming and restructuring the adult education system in both K-12 and the Community Colleges’ non-credit system. Key components, such as narrowing the core program areas for the purposes of state apportionment, were called for in the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) report, CDE Strategic Plan, and by the Brown Administration in this year’s budget discussion.
Despite the Legislature’s overwhelming support for the measure up to last week, ultimately we were overcome by concerns of the Community Colleges and our own K-12 based advocates for older adult and parent education programs regarding the refocusing of the core program areas. Without enacting these tough reforms the Administration, in particular, has asked us to do, we remain seriously concerned about the viability of obtaining dedicated funding for the future. Even if the Legislature continues to stand strong with us and includes funding in a future budget bill, the reality is that the Administration will likely blue pencil it because we didn’t take the reforms seriously. In this regard, it is not my expectation that this proposal will go away.
Despite this defeat and the difference of opinion on the issue, what we can all agree on and celebrate is the continued spotlight K-12 based adult education’s plight has enjoyed with this measure moving through the process. Sometimes it isn’t just about the end result (defeat or passage of a measure), it is often about the education and support you build along the way. As I vigorously lobbied the members of the Higher Education Committee against the mounting opposition, I was able to push members and staff to understand the realities of the situation, intent behind the bill and need to continue to work together to address the bigger problem of financial stability. Initial reaction from many offices was purely to oppose without fanfare. Yet, we were able to make headway with virtually all members of the Committee voicing their concern on the record about the dire situation K-12 based adult education continues to find itself in and committing themselves to working with us and Senator Liu towards a solution.
So whether or not SB 173 is a two-year bill, our plight lives on. In this regard, we’ve formally asked Senator Liu as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee to convene a joint hearing with the Assembly Education and Higher Education Committees this Fall to continue the discussion and keep the issue at the forefront. As I’ve always said, now is not the time to lose momentum because we disagreed on an approach – we must continue to stand tall together fighting to maintain K-12 based adult education – the ultimate goal for us all. Opportunities are continuing to knock in Sacramento. I hope you are continuing to take advantage of those opportunities at the local level as well.
Stemming the Bleeding—SB 91 & the MOE
As you know, we've been fighting incredibly hard over the last year and a half to keep K-12 based adult education alive. In this regard, I'm pleased to report that we've come a long way in a short period of time. Under this year's budget, SB 91 provided for a mechanism to stem the bleeding of K-12 based adult education programs. This was incredibly significant and demonstrated the Legislature's commitment to K-12 based education. As mentioned in the budget committee hearing process by a number of legislators, it was never the intent of the Legislature in enacting categorical flexibility for it to be the demise in-full of adult education. And yet that is exactly what the implication was absent action by the Legislature.
Specifically, SB 91 provided for a maintenance of effort (MOE) for adult education, requiring school districts who receive state funds originally designated for adult education and who used all or a portion of those state funds to support their adult education program in FY 12-13 to continue that FY 12-13 level of funding for adult education programs for the next two years. Importantly, the funding specifically refers to state funds. In this regard, federal dollars, fees, and other grant funding may not supplant the state funding a district received and directed to adult education in FY 12-13. That level of state funding must remain the same for the next two years and was intended to be above and separate from federal funds, fees, and etc. Any district that fails to follow through on funding its adult education program at the level it did in FY 12-13 will be in violation/non-compliant with the law and the Legislature's intent for the MOE.
Certainly, you've noted the anger and insolence of a number of school districts over this provision. We would argue, however, that this is an appropriate action taken by the Legislature - who, again, never intended for districts to dismantle their adult education programs. Categorical flexibility was a difficult mechanism to provide districts options but was not a free pass to shut programs - despite what some districts may believe. Further, with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) passed as part of this budget, along with funding increases associated with Proposition 30 and the LCFF model, districts will receive more going forward than what they have for a number of years. In this regard, districts who managed their budgets well should have no reason or need to further dismantle their adult education programs. For districts who did not manage finances quite so well, their budgets shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the parents of the K-12 students they are educating - this will only serve to further challenge those families--who through attending adult education classes are striving for a better, more educated life for their families. Districts who refuse to comply with the MOE requirement should be warned that CCAE and CAEAA are not taking such violation of the law lightly. We're working with the California Department of Education (CDE), Legislature, and other organizations to ensure that all districts comply with the MOE requirement.
To be clear—the MOE isn't an option for those school districts that may or may not wish to access future regional consortia-related dollars. While the issues were previously tied together, the final budget deal did not provide for this framework that merely incentivized districts to maintain their funding. In its wisdom, the Legislature understood and saw the writing on the wall—that many districts were prepared to close programs entirely and close off their opportunity to future funding so that they could redirect all funds to K-12. In this regard, the Legislature made continuation of funding for two years REQUIRED—not an option under any circumstance.
SB 173 (Liu) – Passed Assembly Education Committee
Having passed the Senate in May, SB 173 was sent to the Assembly for consideration. This week it was heard in the Assembly Education Committee where it passed out with bipartisan support and no “NO” votes.
Also of note, amendments were taken in Committee to push out the implementation date to coincide with the two-year MOU and regional consortia pieces of the budget proposal. This delay will allow for a two-year timeframe to work with community partners, the field, and Legislature to chart our next steps, how to sustain the programs outside the core and more. There will be no need to make any programmatic changes in the next two years. Importantly, this has never been about throwing any particular program or student population under the bus. To the contrary we are fighting hard to ensure that we are still able to provide classes and services for these students, but understanding we have to get creative and continue developing our local partnerships to help backfill funding. This is not an insurmountable task. Multiple adult schools across the state are already funding these programs with other resources as a result of categorical flexibility and other schools have closed entirely or have cut their offerings drastically.
Recall, SB 173 is one piece of the puzzle relative to adult education reform and our efforts to work toward longer-term stability. While we appreciate the tremendous trepidation and concern over any reform and specifically with regard to SB 173’s provisions, we firmly believe that these are steps we must take in order to ensure adult education in the K-12 system continues to exist at all. As you well know, these are but a few of the reforms being called for in the last couple of years by the CDE Strategic Plan, LAO report, and Brown Administration. While change is certainly difficult, CCAE and CAEAA have approached this proposal with the sole goal of stabilizing K-12 adult education so that we have something to rebuild. As you know, the Brown Administration is continuing the pressure of reform and is very interested in a stronger governance role for the CCC over our programs. Given this, we are in a position to either work together where we can or get rolled entirely.
Is this proposal perfect? No….it isn’t perfect. We’re continuing to work with CDE, the LAO and legislative staff to figure out how to mitigate as many of the concerns as possible. The question that we all need to ask ourselves, however, is whether we want to continue to exist at all lest we continue to be hammered by the Administration who would rather see the CCC take us over entirely anyway. And I would remind you that Governor Brown isn’t leaving office anytime soon and is expected to prevail in his next election in 2014. We must show a commitment to reform and collaboration with the CCCs – be a team player – or we will be railroaded. The Governor has won virtually every major policy battle that he has undertaken to date. It may have taken a year or two, but he is a winner. In this regard, I would urge caution for the longer term. Again, this isn’t about dumping other programs, but becoming more creative on the funding and categorization side to ensure stability for the core programs and those that are important to our communities.
As you know, the Governor has signed the main budget proposal and the majority of budget trailer bills. Among the trailer bills signed is one that authorizes and funds regional consortia between K-12 based adult schools and the CCCs for the next two years with $25 million. The consortia will be charged with planning around the refocused core program areas as originally proposed in the Governor’s budget plans – yet another indication that the refocusing of core program areas isn’t going away. As previously mentioned, it is going to be critical for the field to take the regional consortia effort by storm.
As it relates to the LCFF trailer bill, which contains our two-year MOU, it has yet to be signed by the Governor. Once it is signed, school districts would be required to fund adult education programs at their FY 12-13 levels for the next two-years to allow for the regional consortia to see what the next steps might look like. We’ve heard from a number of districts that their boards and superintendents are furious and have even threatened to not follow the law. Importantly, the law doesn’t allow school districts an option. It is the law and they must follow it. Period.
More to come once the Governor signs the trailer bill…. Stay tuned….
This morning, Governor Brown held a press conference and ceremony for the signing of the state budget, Assembly Bill 110. Governor Brown was joined by the leaders of the Legislature, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez. The governor vetoed $30 million for Special Education and $5 million for Preschool. Meanwhile, the governor sustains funding for Agricultural Education and asks the Department of Finance to look at maintaining this as a separate program. A summary of the enacted budget<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Tq8MpKTAKo50n9FmxOnrm0kz3RPi2i54jIt4-s89RoQeNdQ4IA41svD6SUENnpp2ogeA6aBnOrKb9EU4MLlk2Q5xvVDdcUpynKo-7azhiEEYhfOIbvhy54LbrOTZj2krlXDFt6d3aUH7cA0UV64_XA==> was released containing line item veto messages starting on page 47. The governor also signed a pair of health care bills as part of California's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. These bills included ABX1 1 (Pérez) and SBX1 1 (Hernandez-Steinberg).
Unfortunately, the governor did not sign the education trailer bill implementing the Local Control Funding Formula, AB 97. However, ACSA expects this to occur in the coming days.
ACSA Adult Ed State Council President
CAEAA VP for Communications
Rowland Unified School District
Rowland Adult & Community Education
2100 Lerona Street.
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Click here: Bill Analysis SB 173
For immediate distribution to members and supporters:
Over the last few days the Legislature, Administration and LAO have worked feverishly to close out the remaining budget items ahead of the June 15th Constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass a budget. The final pieces came together over the weekend, including for adult education.
As I noted in my last update, the crux of the decision making centered on what revenue estimate the overall budget plan would be based upon. Clearly this was win #1 for the Governor who won the fight to base the budget on his more conservative revenue estimates.
Win #2 was the agreement to reform the K-12 education finance system to focus resources on children with greater needs and disadvantages. Of note, the agreement appears to center on a higher base grant for all districts and expedited deferral payments. These are important in that for the broader package that includes adult education it, in theory, places less pressure on districts to continue to redirect resources away from programs like adult education.
So....you all are certainly eager to understand what does the package do for adult education?
Unfortunately, the Administration refused to accept the Assembly's plan to maintain adult education as a standalone "categorical" program - even with the coordination dollars to get to one of the Governor's goals. You'll recall that I noted this was a good possibility - the ultimate decision resides with the Governor and the two houses' approach wasn't sufficient to address the Administration's interest in reform and better coordination going forward.
As a compromise, the Legislature, in an effort to address our concerns about stemming the bleeding and avoiding further erosion of K-12 based adult education programs, approved maintenance of effort (MOE) language to require local education agencies to maintain FY 12-13 expenditure levels on adult education programs for two years (FY 13-14 and FY 14-15). The plan is silent on what happens to the funds for FY 15-16 and beyond. This was on top of approving $25 mil for coordination and planning around regional consortia for adult education.
Obviously the details are critical and we won't know definitively what they are until we see the trailer bill language, which we expect in the next 24-48 hours. Bottom line - the Legislature continues to strongly support K-12 based adult education and given the other chess pieces, they believe this is the best way to protect us in the short term and allow for the opportunity for discussions to continue as to whether the regional consortia approach or status quo (K-12 and CCC on separate tracks) are best going forward.
In terms of moving forward, we have achieved an important victory and must be clear that we have our work cut out for us. Given the Legislature has only been able to secure two years of funding for adult education at this point, we will be back at the negotiating table in a year and a half. In this regard, we have two years to further highlight the positive and proactive engagement we have not only within our K-12 community, but with the CCCs as well. At the end of the day better articulation and coordination needs to happen in order to continue to save K-12 adult education - we need to take the effort by storm to ensure K-12 programming is maintained in the future.
Let's celebrate the victory that is stemming the bleeding and avoiding additional closures. That said, lets gear up - we have a lot of work still ahead of us. That includes continuing to foster your relationships with your elected officials as well as demonstrating to the Administration that we are committed to and adamant that it be workable and include K-12 based adult education.
We expect to see the trailer bill language soon and will be reviewing it closely to ensure the language reflects the intent to protect K-12 based adult education - specifically, stemming the bleeding and ensuring K-12 adult education is an equal player as we move forward to see what comes out of the regional consortia effort.
More to come...
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On Thursday, June 6, 2013, NPR's "The World" will be airing a story about a program to help janitors learn English within corporate boardrooms. The report will be including information about the budget cuts to California's Adult Education programs.
The segment should air tomorrow on KQED FM in the Bay Area at 6:50 am and 8:50 am, and correspondingly throughout most of California's public radio stations. It will also air on "The World," which broadcasts sometime during the 2 pm hour on KQED FM in the Bay Area.
The Joint Executive Legislative Team of CCAE and CAEAA along with ACSA and Montebello ask that you please read and respond to the following:
Those of us who care about adult schools in the K-12 system are excited about what might happen for our students in the coming years as both houses of the legislature have responded to the strong advocacy for adult education. Today budget discussions are at a sensitive and critical stage in the conference committee process. Both Houses propose to continue current funding levels for adult education ($630 million annually), and while there are elements of the Assembly version of the budget that are significantly different, the Senate version also responds both to the LAO's report for Adult Education reform and the Governor's own plan as put out in the May Revise. Now it's time to focus on sharing our story with the Governor.
Remember, whatever comes out of the joint conference committee process, it must be signed by Governor Brown. The Governor has the ability to exclude elements of the plan presented to him with the line-item veto power. Sharing our perspective with our own local legislators who know us is always appropriate, but the real advocacy needs to be to the Governor. We should be aware that we have been annoying some of those very same Legislators who have supported us strongly by blanket emailing or calling - even as they convene to present a plan they hope that the Governor will sign. So please stop blanket emailing or calling.
Again our advice now is: 1) contact the legislators of your district who know you - share with them what you think about the progress we've made so far and how you see it going forward and most importantly 2) let the Governor know how happy we are he has responded to our advocacy by shifting from his position in January, and let him know how important it is that he sign a budget that includes dedicated funding for K-12 adult schools.
Stay tuned for frequent further updates and actions.
Budget Conference Committee is set to convene this afternoon and they've just released the
As you know, the Governor proposed to roll $635 million for Adult Education into the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013-14. The Senate, however, proposes to continue the program and funding, per existing law in 2013-14. The Assembly, in contrast, provided $635 million for Adult Education program in 2013-14 - maintaining flexibility for those local educational agencies (LEAs) already using this practice. That said, under the Assembly proposal, districts operating Adult Education programs are required to maintain the same 2012-13 spending for those programs. Beginning in 2014-15, Adult Education program and funding requirements are restored to the full $635 million
Additionally you'll recall as part of the Governor's proposal, he appropriated $30 million to the CCCs for purposes of funding joint planning grants for serving adult learners in specified statewide regions. Funds would be distributed to regional consortia of CCCs and K-12 school districts. Grant awards are intended to be selected by the CCC Chancellor's Office and the California Department of Education (CDE). Regions would be defined as community college districts and regional consortia participants could include local correctional facilities, other public entities, and community-based organizations. Beginning in 2015-16, the Administration proposes to provide $500 million in Proposition 98 funding for a new Adult Education Partnership Program, which will provide funding to the regional consortia to deliver adult education.
The Senate, in contrast, only approved the $30 million in planning grants per the Governor's proposal, with modified trailer bill language to enhance collaboration between K-12 education and community colleges.
The Assembly, in contrast, provided only $7.2 million for planning grants - suggesting that $30 million was too high of an allocation for such activities.
More to come..
• May Revise—The Good, Bad & Unworkable
While you’ve all seen at least some semblance of an update regarding the Governor’s May Revise proposal for Adult Education at this point, you are no doubt anxiously awaiting CCAE and CAEAA’s perspective. Further,
I’ve heard from many of you asking what can we do? What do we say? What are our next steps? More...
• "Governor tries to fix adult ed plan, but controversy remains"–EdSource
• Initial impression from the Governor's May Revision (PDF)–School Services of California, Inc.