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     Updated August 16th, 2015

California Adult Education Administrators Association
Executive Board Members

Dan Garcia
Director, Pupil and Community Services
Montebello Unified School District
123 So. Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-7900
Ext. 2267
Veronica Montes
Culver City Adult School
4909 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
Immediate Past-President
Cyndi Parulan-Colfer, Superintendent
15959 Gale Ave
City of Industry, CA 91745
Jodi Loeffler, Bakersfield Adult School
501 S. Mt Vernon Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Vice President/Legislation
Bob Harper, Campbell Adult and Community
1224 Del Mar Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
  Member at Large
Joanne Durkee, Director
Adult and Career Education
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
1266 San Carlos Avenue
Concord, CA 94518
P: (925)685-­-7340
x 2722
F: 925-­-798-­-7452
Vice President/Communications
Rocky Bettar, Director
Adult Education/Career Preparation
Rowland Adult and Community Education
2100 Lerona Ave
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
P: (626) 965-­-5975
F: 626-­-854-­-1191
  Member at Large
Guthrie Burr, Berkeley Adult School
Membership Chair
JoDee Styler, Corona-Norco Adult Education
300 Buena Vista Ave
Corona, CA 92336
  Member at Large
Donna Brashear, Administrator
    Member at Large
Dr. PaoLing Guo
Principal, ABC Adult School
12254 Cuesta Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 926-6734 Ext. 25011
Cell: (562) 244-5949

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CAEAA-CCAE Legislative Day
The CAEAA-CCAE State Annual Legislative Advocacy Day scheduled this year for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 is almost here! We hope you will join us at the State Capitol in Sacramento for this important annual event.
CAEAA-CCAE Legislative Day is sponsored by Burlington English and GED Testing Service
Be sure to make your hotel reservations to ensure you have a room. The group rate is $169 per night for March 23, 2015. For reservations, call 888-421-1442 or click on the following link:
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, California 95814

CCAE and CAEAA Legislation Day Training
Monday, March 23, 2015
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. 
Sacramento, California 
CCAE and CAEAA Legislation Day Appointments
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Between 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Sacramento, California 
CCAE and CAEAA Legislation Day Follow-Up
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sacramento, California

It is recommended that your team consist of a good representation of administrators, teachers, classified staff and students.  If there is another adult school in your area represented by the same legislator(s), please be sure to contact them to coordinate your visit and to schedule a joint meeting with your legislator(s).  Be forewarned that the Capitol can be very busy with many visitors and other advocacy groups.  Representatives’ offices (many if not most) are typically small and it can get quite crowded when more than 4 or 5 people are seated with a legislator and/or their staff in a small office! 

When considering prospective school representatives, make sure they are constituents of your local legislators.  Also, students who have transitioned from program to program in your school (example:  ESL to ABE to CTE) or who are about to complete a program and join the workforce (such as a CTE student), are all great candidates.  They need to be articulate but their English certainly doesn’t need to be advanced.  If your student representatives are Citizenship Prep students who are in the process of being naturalized or have become citizens, so much the better!  They should prepare (but not overly rehearse) what they want to share with their legislator, focusing specifically on how your adult school program is helping them achieve their personal/family, educational and/or professional goals.  
If this is a first-time visit to the Capitol for any of your team and you have time between your appointments with legislators, it is recommended you plan an informal tour of the Capitol together.  Both the Senate and Assembly Chambers (galleries) should be open and accessible without a Capitol tour guide.  If time allows, you may want to consider a free guided tour.  

Make appointments to meet your State Senate and State Assembly representatives on Tuesday, March 24th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  If your representative is not available to personally meet you, ask to meet with their point-person on educational issues.  This staff person is tasked with keeping your representative up-to-date on all educational issues, often making recommendations on what position should be taken on them.  To make your appointments, contact your representative’s scheduler.
To find your state senator and their contact information, go to Go to the “Find My Senator” hot link in the middle of the home page to fill in your address, city and zip code. 
To find your state assembly member and their contact information, go to  Scroll down to the bottom left of the home page to find the following links:  “Find My Representative” and under this, “Assembly Roster”, “By Your Address” or “By Your District.”
Reminder:  Make sure you and your neighboring adult schools, if represented by the same legislators, are not scheduling two separate meetings with the same legislators!   

Morning:  Arrive at the Capitol (room TBA) at 8:30 a.m. joining all CAEAA-CCAE state-wide attendees for a brief orientation (review of day’s events and schedule, logistics, etc.) and most importantly, the awarding of our annual Friend of Adult Education legislator awards.  
Presentation Folders:  Each member of your team will receive a folder containing the CAEAA-CCAE 2015 talking points prepared by our CAEAA-CCAE Legislative & Budget Advocate, Dawn Koepke.  “Meeting with your representative” tips will be shared at both the Monday night training/briefing and the Tuesday morning orientation.
Each team will also receive a presentation folder prepared specifically for each legislator.  The contents of these folders will be the same as yours with the exception of evaluation forms we provide for you to fill-out at the conclusion of each meeting with legislators.  Include in your evaluation, any recommended follow-up to be done with legislators.  Your CAEAA and CCAE Leg Chairpersons will review these with Dawn Koepke to determine next steps.   
Note:  Every effort will be made to start the Tuesday morning orientation and awards event at 8:30 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m.  In between legislator meetings, we informally camp-out (no space or room is reserved) in the cafeteria of the Capitol in the basement.  There is a gift shop in the basement as well.  Lunch is on your own but the HYATT has a wonderful luncheon buffet.  
Afternoon:  As meetings wind-down in the afternoon, all are encouraged to return to the HYATT meeting room (School Room) for a de-briefing and sharing-out from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  It is at this time that the evaluation forms will be collected and your suggestions for the next Leg Day in 2016 will be solicited.   
Happy planning and see you at the Capitol in Sacramento Monday, March 23rd and/or Tuesday, March 24th!

A New Day is Upon Us

In just a few short weeks, K12 adult education will have a much clearer understanding of the future and, by my estimation, it’s looking much brighter on the horizon—a new day is upon us. In the past two months we’ve been working vigorously to affect the January proposal before our window of opportunity closed. It appears that window is now closed as I’ve been notified that the Governor is in the Department of Finance making the final call on each of the various budget items as I prepare this update for you. While the window seems to be closed now, we’re keeping the curtains open. While nothing is certain until we see the Governor’s budget proposal on Friday, January 9th, we are feeling quite good about our prospects for the budget proposal and in it, our fate. More...

This years conference is again in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Here is the link for Westin Hotel reservations.  Attendees can also call 562-436-3000 identifying themselves as guests for the CAEAA Room Block.  The Deadline for reservations is 1-5-15

AB 86 Cabinet
Alejandro Espinoza

Erik Skinner        
Vince Stewart      
Van Ton-Quinlivan

AB 86 Working Group
Cathy McBride              Cathy.McBride@GOV.CA.GOV
Nick Schweizer    
Kimberly Leahy   
Rick Simpson     
Monica Henestroza
Katie Hardeman   
Erin Gabel           
Mark Martin               
Gene Wong         
Jennifer Troia      
Joe Stephenshaw

Full Court Press to Save Adult Education Underway, Share Your Efforts and Progress Today!

As the Legislature works to wrap up its 2014 session, we are well in the midst of our full court press to impact the Governor's January budget proposal to ensure it is workable and protects K-12 adult schools. As part of that effort, we have taken on a number of efforts at the state level and have provided a host of activities for you to undertake at the local level. In this regard, however, we do not have a good sense of the level of engagement and completion of activities at the local level (i.e. NASCAR letters).  It would be helpful for us at the state level to receive an update from the field on the status of your efforts. Read more...

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

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CAEAA Board of Directors


Cyndi Parulan-Colfer

Hacienda La Puente Adult and Continuing Education


Immediate Past Presidents

Cherise Moore, Ph.D.



Vice President/Membership

JoDee Slyter
Corona-Norco Adult School


Vice President/Legislation

Bob Harper, Ed. D.

Campbell Adult and Community Education


Vice President/Communications

Rocky Bettar

Rowland Adult and Community Education



Veronica Montes
Culver City Adult School



Jodi Loeffler

Bakersfield Adult School


Members at Large

Holda Dorsey, Retired

Hacienda La Puente Adult and Continuing Education


Joanne Durkee

Mt. Diablo Adult and Career Education


Dan Garcia

Ford Park Adult School


Burr Guthrie

Berkeley Adult School