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     Updated August 6th, 2014

Call to Action—Affecting January's Budget Proposal

As you certainly have heard, we are hitting the ground running this month in an effort to affect the Governor's January budget proposal in support of K-12 adult education.  In our assessment, it is absolutely critical that the Administration and Department of Finance get the January proposal right by providing dedicated funding and stability for K-12 school districts to maintain their current adult education programs and look to opportunities to expand and re/establish programs and services for the adults most in need in our state.  The timing is critical in that school districts will be moving to finalize their budgets shortly after the January budget proposal is released and looking toward the March 15th layoff notice deadline and what may need to be done without clear direction and stability being provided to them for K-12 based adult schools.  It is for this reason that our focus is ultimately on the Administration and Department of Finance to ensure they "get it right" in their January proposal.  The Legislature plays a key role as well in helping place pressure, but it is ultimately the Administration and Department of Finance who will have the say in their January proposal.  Pressure must be applied from all angles to affect the details and ensure it provides stability for the K-12 adult education system.   

In this regard, we have prepared a host of materials for use by the field at the local level including talking points, a myths vs. facts white paper, timeline overview, sample coalition ("NASCAR") letter, and more.  Further, we will be hosting our first webinar this week in an effort to ensure that the field is updated on the current state of affairs in Sacramento, the efforts we are pursuing at the state level and what you at the local level can do to assist in our efforts to put pressure on the Administration to "get it right" in their January budget proposal. 


Strength in numbers!

Dawn Koepke
CCAE Legislative Liaison


Call to Action – Affecting January’s Budget Proposal



As you certainly have heard, we are hitting the ground running this month in an effort to affect the Governor’s January budget proposal in support of K-12 adult education.  In our assessment, it is absolutely critical that the Administration and Department of Finance get the January proposal right by providing dedicated funding and stability for K-12 school districts to maintain their current adult education programs and look to opportunities to expand and re/establish programs and services for the adults most in need in our state.  The timing is critical in that school districts will be moving to finalize their budgets shortly after the January budget proposal is released and looking toward the March 15th layoff notice deadline and what may need to be done without clear direction and stability being provided to them for K-12 based adult schools.  It is for this reason that our focus is ultimately on the Administration and Department of Finance to ensure they “get it right” in their January proposal.  The Legislature plays a key role as well in helping place pressure, but it is ultimately the Administration and Department of Finance who will have the say in their January proposal.  Pressure must be applied from all angles to affect the details and ensure it provides stability for the K-12 adult education system.

In this regard, we have prepared a host of materials for use by the field at the local level including talking points, a myths vs. facts white paper, timeline overview, sample coalition (“Nascar”) letter, and more.  Further, we will be hosting our first webinar this week in an effort to ensure that the field is updated on the current state of affairs in Sacramento, the efforts we are pursuing at the state level and what you at the local level can do to assist in our efforts to put pressure on the Administration to “get it right” in their January budget proposal.

In order to ensure such an outcome, leadership in both organizations has developed a vigorous advocacy and strategy plan that ensures no stone is left unturned in our fight to protect K-12 based adult education by ensuring dedicated funding that flows through current fiscal infrastructures.  This plan encompasses state level advocacy and political involvement, local grassroots advocacy, and the hiring of Forza Communications, a well-respected public relations firm in Sacramento to help get our message out and stir up noise about the importance of K-12 based adult education and need to protect it going forward.

More specifically, at the state level we are working on our own CCAE and CAEAA focused advocacy as well as working with a diverse group of school districts, community college districts, and Ed Coalition members (ACSA, CASBO, CC League, and more) to push for a workable, stable adult education system.  We’re also working with CDE, the Legislature, legislative caucuses, civil rights organizations and more.

At the local level, we’re asking that everyone take up the cause and work within your adult schools, regions and sections to ensure that each and every legislator is reached in the coming weeks with the ask of 1) support for protecting K-12 based adult education and 2) helping to push the Administration and Department of Finance to “get it right” in providing stability to K-12 districts to maintain, grow and re/establish their adult education programs.  We’ve also asked that at the local level you work in your regions to obtain key signatories to sign on to a coalition letter in support of K-12 adult education.  Such signatories could include everyone from your local Chambers of Commerce, to community based organizations, businesses, school board members, Boards of Supervisors, and more – the sky is the limit!  This work, however, must be done quickly (by October 1st) in order to ensure the pressure is felt in Sacramento by the Administration and Department of Finance who are already working on the details of the January budget proposal.  We estimate that our window for affecting the proposal will begin to close at the end of September/beginning of October as the Department of Finance moves in to approval mode with the Administration.  In this regard….get moving, we have work to do!

Finally, we have hired Forza Communications and its principal, Steve Maviglio, to help us get our message out and drum up additional pressure in the media in support of K-12 based adult education.  He has key relationships in and around the Capitol and is at the top of his game with a serious following of policy, political and budget gurus watching to see what the latest issues are that he is working on.  We’ll be working with him to craft the messages and ensure they are directed appropriately to affect the January budget proposal positively for K-12 based adult education.

We hope you will take up this important cause.  Never has the time for action been more important or critical and it is imperative that we are all moving in the same direction.  While we are focused on broader messaging in our advocacy for now, as we get further in to the weeds with the Department of Finance and other stakeholders we’ll keep you updated on the progress we’re making and what other details we should be advocating.  Let’s move swiftly and together to affect the January budget proposal – the clock is ticking!


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CAEAA Board of Directors

President

Cyndi Parulan-Colfer

Hacienda La Puente Adult and Continuing Education

cpcolfer@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

 

Immediate Past Presidents

Cherise Moore, Ph.D.

CALPRO

cherise143@ymail.com

 

Dwayne Robinson, Retired

Oroville Adult Education

poppie.dr@gmail.com

 

Vice President/Membership

JoDee Guerard

Corona-Norco Adult School

jguerard@cnusd.k12.ca.us

 

Vice President/Legislation

Bob Harper, Ed. D.

Campbell Adult and Community Education

bharper@cuhsd.org

 

Vice President/Communications

Rocky Bettar

Rowland Adult and Community Education

rbettar@rowland.k12.ca.us

 

Treasurer

Veronica Montes

Culver City Adult School veronicamontes@ccsd.org

 

Secretary

Jodi Loeffler

Bakersfield Adult School

jodi_loeffler@khsd.k12.ca.us

 

Members at Large

Holda Dorsey, Retired

Hacienda La Puente Adult and Continuing Education

holdae@hotmail.com

 

Joanne Durkee

Mt. Diablo Adult and Career Education

durkeej@mdusd.k12.ca.us

 

Dan Garcia

Ford Park Adult School

Garcia_Dan@montebello.k12.ca.us

 

Nancy George

New Haven Adult School

ngeorge@nhusd.k12.ca.us

 

Burr Guthrie

Berkeley Adult School

Burrguthrie@berkeley.net