Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AB86 Says Your Voices Matter

Got concerns about the MOE and funding? 

Debra Jones says, "Your voices matter and your perspectives are important especially during this time."

"Use the AB86 inbox," she advises, to communicate your questions and concerns to the Department of Education and the Chancellor's Office.

You can hear all this on the March 20th AB86 Technical Webinar at about 10 minutes in.

To hear this section and more, go to the AB86 Technical Webinar page and click on "Listen to the Recording."

 March 20, 2015
AB 86 Planning Fund Extension
- Download the Presentation:
PDF | PPTX
- Listen to the Recording
Here is my transcription of the section in which Debra Jones advises emailing AB86 your questions and concerns:

...urgency for the state to determine what the MOE is to prepare and determine the funding formula.
We don’t want there to be a gap between planning funding and implementation funding.
So we’ve done a couple of things.
We’ve extended the planning funding.  You have until December 31st to send your planning funds.
And the other is we had a conversation today, a dialogue between, a conversation with the Department of Education and the Chancellor's Office and the Cabinet.  
They wanted me to pass along the message that they have heard the urgency. They have received your letters you’ve turned in to the AB86 inbox.  They are committed also to solving and resolving the MOE and funding formula issues sooner rather than later.
So be assured that that is recognized.
Also, I want to encourage that if you have thoughts or you’re wanting to get information to the Cabinet, the Department of Education or the Chancellors’ Office, regarding Adult Ed, please use the AB86 inbox.
Your letters are forwarded, they’re discussed.
Your voices matter and your perspectives are important especially during this time.

 
By the way, if you click on PPTX, you can download the powerpoint from the webinar which includes the following:

Report to the Legislature - Recommendations

*  Increase service levels to meet demand.
*  Improve programming to better prepare students for postsecondary and transition to workforce.
*  Provide academic, social and financial supports to lower barriers.
*  Align assessments between providers for placement.

*  Develop a common accountability approach.
*  Maintain and extend structures for ongoing regional coordination.

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 24th Assembly Budget Sub Committee 2 Hearing on Adult Education

Tuesday, March 24th at 9 am in Room 444 in the State Capitol building, Assembly Budget Sub Committee 2 (Education Finance) will meet to look at the money aspect of Adult Education.

Needless to say, that's important.

Committee Members are:

Assembly Member Kevin McCarty, Chair

AM  Rocky Chavez - Rep     
     AM Chavez was at the Jan 29th, 2014 Oversight Hearing on Adult Ed and spoke about the need not to ask schools to do too much all at once as we move through these many reforms in Public Ed.

AM  Young O. Kim - Rep    
     AM Kim represents an area that includes the North Orange County Regional Consortia
      
AM  Patrick O' Donnell - Dem
     AM O' Donnell taught school for 20 years. "A firm believer in ensuring access to career technical education and vocational opportunities, he helped establish an afterschool digital academy to teach kids valuable media skills they can use in school and the workplace."  - Bio

AM  Phillip Ting - Dem
    "He was also a leader in the successful effort to revolutionize how K-12 schools are funded.  Starting in the fall of 2014, the state will direct more education funding to students confronting social inequities, like poverty or limited English language skills, through what is called the Local Control Funding Formula. " - Bio

AM  Shirley Weber, Alternate - Dem.
     At an August 2014 hearing on SB173, AM Weber's call for more information and a better understanding of the big picture of Adult Education led, in my opinion, to the January 29th, 2014 Oversight Hearing on Adult Education.

AM  Melissa Melendez, Alternate - Rep

Agenda  

(Reminder:  There are 2 players in the Regional Consortia game - the CDE, the Department of Education and the CCC, the California Community College system.

Department of Education
California Community Colleges
Issue 1  Adult Education
Issue 2  Education Mandates
Department of Education
Issue 3 CTE Incentive Grant
California Community Colleges
Issue 4 CTE Pathways Initiative
Issue 5 Apprenticeship

Because March 24th is also CCAE Leg Day, the hearing room may be packed with folks who care deeply about Adult Education, knowing just how much good it does and how much it is needed.

Get there early.

And get your red on because it's a Tuesday!







Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Adult Education Block Trailer Bill Language

"Trailer Bill Language is the implementing language of the California State Budget Bill. On this webpage, you can find the Regular Session and Special Session Trailer Bill Language for this year's Governor's Budget."

Here is the Adult Education Block Trailer Bill language:

An act to add Article 9 (commencing with Section 84900) to Chapter 5
of Part 50 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to adult
education.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1.   Article 9 (commencing with Section 84900) is added to Chapter
5 of Part 50 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

Article 9.  Adult Education Block Grant Program

84900.   The Adult Education Block Grant program is hereby established.

84901.   For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply, unless
otherwise specified:

(a) “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

(b) “Consortium” means an adult education consortium approved pursuant to
this article.

(c) “Executive director” means the executive director of the State Board of
Education.

(d) “Program” means the Adult Education Block Grant program established
pursuant to this article.

(e) “Superintendent” means the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
84902.   (a) (1) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of
the executive director, shall divide the state into adult education regions and shall
determine the physical boundaries of each region.

(2) Until otherwise determined by the chancellor and the Superintendent, with
the concurrence of the executive director, the physical boundaries of the adult education
regions shall be the same as the physical boundaries of the regions established for
purposes of providing planning and implementation grants pursuant to Section 84830.

(b) When determining the boundaries of the adult education regions, the
chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive director, shall
consider all of the following:

(1) Economic and demographic factors, including the locations of regional labor
markets.

(2) The boundaries of regions used to distribute other funds.

(3) The presence of adult education providers that have demonstrated
effectiveness in meeting adult educational needs.

84903.   (a) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the
executive director, shall approve one adult education consortium in each region.

(b) An adult education consortium shall consist of at least one community college
district and at least one school district.

(c) The activities of the consortium shall be consistent with those described in
a plan, as follows:

(1) For the 2015–16 fiscal year, the consortium shall use the regional plan
developed in accordance with Section 84830.

(2) For the 2016–17 fiscal year, and for each fiscal year thereafter, the consortium
shall develop and approve, on an annual basis, a plan that includes at least all of the
following:

(A) An evaluation of the adult education needs in the region:

(B) An evaluation of current levels and types of adult education services in the
region.

(C) An evaluation of funds available to the members of the consortium and other
adult education providers in the region other than those funds apportioned pursuant to
this article.

(D) Actions that the members of the consortium can take to address the needs
identified pursuant to subparagraph (A).

(E) Actions that the members of the consortium can take to improve the
effectiveness of their services, such as changes in instructional delivery and professional
development.

(F) Actions that the members of the consortium, other adult education providers,
and other interested parties can take to improve integration of services and transitions
into postsecondary education and the workforce.

(G) A description of the alignment of adult education services with other
education and workforce plans guiding services in the region, including plans required
pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Public Law
113–128).

84904.   An adult education consortium shall operate in accordance with a
governance structure approved by the chancellor and the Superintendent, with the
concurrence of the executive director, that is consistent with the following:

(a) Any community college district, school district, or county office of education
located within the boundaries of an adult education region shall be authorized to join
the adult education consortium in that region as a member. The members of the adult
education consortium shall seek and consider advice from other adult education
providers and other interested parties when developing a plan pursuant to subdivision
(c) of Section 84903.

(b) The officials, or designees of the officials, of any other entity, including, but
not limited to, libraries, community-based organizations, local workforce development
boards and regional consortia of boards, employment services offices within the county,
social services agencies, and county probation departments, that serve the adult
education region shall be authorized to actively participate in the activities and the
deliberations of the consortium.

84905.   (a) The members of the adult education consortium shall establish an
allocation board that, at a minimum, is authorized to approve an allocation schedule
indicating the amount of funds that will be distributed to each member of the consortium
in any year the consortium receives funds for the program.

(b) The allocation board shall, when approving an allocation schedule, justify
how the planned allocations are consistent with the following:

(1) In the 2015–16 fiscal year, the regional plan developed pursuant to Section
84830.

(2) In the 2016–17 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, the plan approved
pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 84903.

(c) The allocation board shall give priority to allocations that fund actions to
address the greatest unmet needs for adult education in the region.

(d) An allocation board shall consist of the following individuals:

(1) One official of a community college district that is a member of the
consortium, selected by the community college districts that are members of the
consortium.

(2) One official of a school district or county office of education that is a member
of the consortium, selected by the school districts and county offices of education that
are members of the consortium.

(3) One official of an adult education provider that serves the region that is not
a school district, community college district, or county office of education, such as a
library or a community-based organization, selected by all of the members of the
consortium.

(4) One official of a local workforce development board or a consortium of
boards that serves the region, selected by all of the members of the consortium.

(5) One official of an employment services office within a county social services
agency that serves the region, selected by all of the members of the consortium.

(6) One official of a county probation department that serves the region, selected
by all of the members of the consortium.

(7) One member of the public, selected by all of the members of the consortium.
84906.   (a) The members of the consortium shall designate a fiscal administrator.
The fiscal administrator shall be either a community college district member, a school
district member, or a county office of education member.

(b) The fiscal administrator shall be responsible for distributing funds according
to an allocation schedule approved by the allocation board. The fiscal administrator
shall not amend an allocation schedule approved by the allocation board.

84907.   No later than August 30, 2015, the chancellor and the Superintendent,
with the concurrence of the executive director, shall certify the amount spent by school
districts and county offices of education in the 2012–13 fiscal year, from the funds
received in that year for the adult education program and the adults in correctional
facilities program, in the following areas of adult education:

(a) Elementary and secondary basic skills.

(b) Citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation for
immigrants.

(c) Education for adults with disabilities.

(d) Career technical education.

(e) Apprenticeship.

84908.   For the 2015–16 fiscal year, the State Controller shall do one of the
following:

(a) If the total amount certified for all school districts and county offices of
education pursuant to Section 84907 is less than the amount appropriated by the
Legislature for the program:

(1) Apportion funds to school districts and county offices of education, provided
that a school district or county office of education shall receive an amount equal to the
amount certified for that school district or county office of education pursuant to Section
84907. As a condition of receipt of an apportionment, a school district or county office
of education is required to be a member of a consortium.

(2) (A) After funds have been apportioned pursuant to paragraph (1), apportion
any remaining funds to the fiscal administrators of the consortia using a schedule
approved by the chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the
executive director.

(B) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive
director, shall determine the amount to be apportioned to each consortium based on
that region’s share of the statewide need for adult education.

(b) If the total amount certified for all school districts and county offices of
education pursuant to Section 84907 exceeds the amount appropriated for the program,
apportion funds to school districts and county offices of education, provided that a
school district or county office of education shall receive an amount equal to the amount
certified for that school district or county office of education pursuant to Section 84907
multiplied by the amount appropriated for the program, divided by the total amount
certified for all school districts and county offices of education pursuant to Section
84907.
84909.   (a) Beginning in the 2016–17 fiscal year, the State Controller shall
apportion, on an annual basis, any funds appropriated by the Legislature for the program
to the fiscal administrators of the consortia using a schedule approved by the chancellor
and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive director.

(b) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive
director, shall determine, on an annual basis, the amount to be apportioned to each
consortium based on the following:

(1) The amount of funds apportioned to the members of that consortium in the
prior year.

(2) That region’s share of the statewide need for adult education.

(3) That consortium’s effectiveness in meeting the adult education needs of its
region based on available data.
84910.   To determine the need for adult education statewide and in each adult
education region, the chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the
executive director, shall consider, at a minimum, measures related to adult population,
employment, immigration, educational attainment, and adult literacy.
84911.   (a) Funds apportioned for the program shall be used only for activities
in the following areas of adult education:

(1) Elementary and secondary basic skills.

(2) Citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation for
immigrants.

(3) Education for adults with disabilities.

(4) Career technical education.

(5) Apprenticeship and preapprenticeship training programs that are conducted,
to the extent feasible, in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs
approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic
area.

(b) No more than 5 percent of funds received in a given fiscal year shall be used
for general administration of a consortium, including costs incurred by the fiscal
administrator of a consortium.
84912.   (a) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, to inform
actions taken by the Governor and the Legislature related to adult education, the
chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive director, shall
submit to the Director of Finance, to the State Board of Education, and, in conformity
with Section 9795 of the Government Code, to the Legislature, by September 30
following any fiscal year for which funds are appropriated for the program, a report
about the use of these funds and outcomes for adults statewide and in each region. The
report shall include at least the following:

(1) A summary of the plan approved by each consortium.

(2) The allocation schedule for each consortium.

(3) The types and levels of services provided by each consortium.

(4) The effectiveness of each consortium in meeting the adult education needs
of its respective region.

(5) Any recommendations related to delivery of education and training for adults,
including recommendations related to improved alignment across state programs.
(b) (1) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the
executive director, may require a consortium, as a condition of receipt of
apportionments, to submit any reports or data necessary to produce the report described
in subdivision (a).

(2) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive
director, shall align the data used to produce the report described in subdivision (a)
with data reported by local educational agencies for other purposes, such as data used
for purposes of the federal Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act (Public Law
113–128).

(3) The Employment Development Department and the California Workforce
Investment Board shall provide any assistance needed to align service delivery across
state and regional workforce, education, and job service programs.

as introduced, ______.

General Subject: Adult Education Block Grant program.

Existing law, subject to funding in the annual Budget Act, requires the Chancellor
of the California Community Colleges and the State Department of Education to jointly
provide 2-year planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community
college districts and school districts for purposes of developing regional plans to better
serve the educational needs of adults. Existing law requires the grant funds to be used
by each regional consortium to create and implement a plan to better provide adults in
the region with certain classes and programs, as specified.

This bill would establish the Adult Education Block Grant program, under which
the chancellor and the Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive director
of the State Board of Education, would be required to divide the state into adult
education regions and to approve in each of those regions an adult education consortium,
to be comprised of at least one community college district and one school district. The
bill would require the consortia to develop and approve annual plans with specified
content. The bill would require each adult education consortium to establish an
allocation board to approve an allocation schedule indicating the amount of funds to
be distributed to each member of the consortium in any year the consortium receives
funds for the program, and would also require each adult education consortium to
designate a fiscal administrator to distribute the funds. The bill would require the State
Controller to apportion funds appropriated for the program in accordance with specified
calculations and requirements. The bill would require the chancellor and the
Superintendent, with the concurrence of the executive director, to report specified
information to the Director of Finance, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature
in any fiscal year for which funds are appropriated for the program.

Vote: majority.  Appropriation: no.  Fiscal committee: yes.  State-mandated local
program: no.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Video of the March 11th Joint Legislative Informational Hearing on Adult Education: Moving Forward

The video of Wednesday's Joint Legislative Informational Hearing on Adult Education: Moving Forward is available on The California Channel.   Click here to go right to the video.

This was an informational hearing. In other words, no one voted on anything. It was a sort of check-in on the whole AB86 process.  Folks checked in to report what is happening in the whole mighty, messy, complicated everyone come together under the big tent Regional Consortia Creation Game.  The legislature needs to know what is happening and how things are going and whether or not people are being served or will be served or won't be served because the Legislature will be voting on these matters in future when it votes on a budget. 

I highly recommend that you watch or listen to it as you chop vegetables, fold laundry, flea-comb your cat, or perform some similar task which enables you to listen while you work.

It is a long, meaty hearing full of information about what is happening, what people think, what people know, what people think they know but actually don't, what people want to know, what people need to know, and lots of other stuff all leading us to gaps in understanding that need to be filled.

People, by the way, refers to everyone.  It refers to we, the people.  And it refers to the people that we, the people, elect to represent us at the decision making table.

Best quote from the hearing came from San Mateo Adult School Director Larry Teshara:
"While our colleagues are looking for dessert, we're looking for dinner."

Public comments begin at 2:43 and include:
Commissioner Irma Beserra Núñez (Los Angeles)
George Porter (Berkeley)
Kristen Pursley (West Contra Costa)
Wendy Plew (CTA)
 

Watch or listen to the hearing at  The California Channel - Recent Archive 

Look for: 

March 11, 2015 Joint Legislative Informational Hearing on Adult Education:  Moving Forward

2 hours and 58 minutes
                               
1426057223Agenda   Video Open Video Only in Windows Media Player MP4 Video

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Acalanes Adult School Closing

First... wait a minute... wasn't this not supposed to happen anymore?

What about the Maintenance of Effort Clause?

Or... if the MOE Clause is ending... what about the Maintenance of Capacity thing?

And what does that mean, anyway?  Does it mean that so long as a Regional Consortia is maintaining capacity, it doesn't matter who provides the Adult Education?

Which means that Adult Schools can be closed again?

We need to know because, indeed, it is happening again.

Acalanes School District Approves Layoffs As It Grapples With Budget Deficit 
San Jose Mercury News, March 6, 2015


Acalanes Adult School
Graduation
"In a bid to slash a projected $5.4 million deficit this year, Acalanes Union High School District leaders have agreed to layoffs that spell the end of a 70-year-old adult education program."



"Governing board members and student board member Sean McFeely voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve the layoffs of eight full-time staff members at the Del Valle Education Center, which houses the Acalanes Adult Education Center. A separate batch of layoffs affecting certificated employees at the district's four high schools also calls for the elimination of the Del Valle Education Center director position, held by Frank Acojido since 2001."

"Open since 1945, the center provides programs for individuals seeking high school diplomas and GED's, English language learners, adults with disabilities and career technical education. About 1,648 students are enrolled this quarter, Acojido said."

Acalanes is part of the Contra Costa Regional Consortia. Information about their program is on pages 27 - 21 of their Consortium Plan.

Acalanes has a CTE program that served 322 students last year, and served 610 students before the cuts began in 2008.  Classes for immigrants currently serve 563 students but served 788 before the cuts.  Adults With Disabilities program now serves only 13 students but served 275 before the cuts.

Governor Brown's Proposed Budget  Adult Ed is mentioned in the K-12, Higher Ed, and Investing in California's Workforce sections.



2015 Legislative Report

The 2015 Legislative Report is out.

The 2015 AB86 Legislative report has been submitted to the Legislature.  The report was jointly developed by the California Department of Education and the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The planning process brought two systems together to assess what we do well and to identify gaps. The report summarizes this work completed across the State by the 70 Adult Education Regional Consortia during the AB86 planning process.

Read it here.

Trouble in Los Angeles

Protesters for adult education yell out against education cuts
along with several other groups outside of the
LAUSD's downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Photo Credit:  Barbara Davidson, LA Times
Many in and out of LA say, "So goes LA, so goes everywhere."

Is that true? 

I'd say, "Yes, no, and sometimes."

I'd also say, "It's always good to KNOW what is happening in Los Angeles."

It's a big city with a huge Adult School, a huge immigrant population, a huge need for Adult Education, and a long, complicated, and painful history where all those things are concerned.

So here's the latest about what's happening in regards to Adult Education in Los Angeles:

"LA School District Grapples with Budget Cuts."  Los Angeles Times Feb 9, 2015 - Protesters for adult education yell out against education cuts along with several other groups outside of the LAUSD's downtown Los Angeles ...

"LAUSD Board Votes To Send 609 Employees Pink Slips"  KABC, March 10, 2015 The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to send pink ... a nearly $160 million budget deficit heading into the 2015-2016 school year. ... notices are more than 260 adult education teachers, 59 counselors, ...



UTLA - Los Angeles Teachers Union

UTLAAE - UTLA Adult Education Committee