Sunday, April 17, 2016

AB1846 to Assembly Education Committee Wed, April 20, 2016

AB1846, the bill that would increase funding for Adult Education by 250 million, will go to the Assembly Education Committee this Wednesday, April 20 at 1:30 in room 5160.   If the bill becomes law, funding for Adult Education would increase to 750 million, which is more or less what it was prior to all the cuts.



Attending the meeting and speaking in the public comment section at the end has an impact.  Particularly important are student voices.  Their experience and perspective matters very much.


If you make the trip to Sacramento, make a day of it and visit other legislators while you are there.  You do not need to make an appointment - although making an appointment has merit.  Drop by the office of the legislators who represent you.  Speak to an aide if the Legislator is not there.  Express your support of AB1846 and explain why it's needed.

If you can't make the trip to Sac, you can still make your voice heard by
by contacting the Assembly's Education Committee before they meet to vote on it:


The email contact links for Assembly Members won't work if you live outside the district they represent.  You can use the following format to contact a legislator outside your district: firstname.lastname@asm.ca.gov

Email sent that way will not necessarily be read quickly. 
Calling is better if you are not in their district.


Here is the contact information for the Education Committee:

Patrick O'Donnell (Chair)Dem - 70 Contact Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4166, Sacramento, CA 94249-0070; (916) 319-2070
Kristin Olsen (Vice Chair)Rep - 12

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4144, Sacramento, CA 94249-0012; (916) 319-2012
Young O. KimRep - 65 Contact Assembly Member Young O. Kim

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4177, Sacramento, CA 94249-0065; (916) 319-2065
Kevin McCartyDem - 7 Contact Assembly Member Kevin McCarty

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 2160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0007; (916) 319-2007
Miguel SantiagoDem - 53 Contact Assembly Member Miguel Santiago

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5119, Sacramento, CA 94249-0053; (916) 319-2053
Tony ThurmondDem - 15 Contact Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5150, Sacramento, CA 94249-0015; (916) 319-2015
Shirley N. WeberDem - 79 Contact Assembly Member Shirley N. Weber

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 3123, Sacramento, CA 94249-0079; (916) 319-2079

Read the bill here:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A4CAS Update on AB1846

An update from A4CAS (Alliance for California Adult Schools) on AB1846, the Patty Lopez bill that would increase funding from 500 million to 750 million:

Great news! Assembly Bill 1846 (Lopez) passed through the Assembly's Higher Ed Committee yesterday with a unanimous YES vote (12-0). It will move to the Assembly's Education Committee next week, followed by the Appropriations Committee. After 1846 is passed by the Assembly, it moves to the Senate for passage, then back to the Assembly before landing on Governor Brown's desk.

Voice your support for AB 1846 by contacting the Assembly's Education Committee before they meet to vote on it: http://a4cas.blogspot.com/…/state-assembly-education-commit…
Read the bill here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml…
‪#‎AllianceforCaliforniaAdultSchools

The email contact links for Assembly Members won't work if you live outside the district they represent.  You can use the following format to contact a legislator outside your district: firstname.lastname@asm.ca.gov

Here is the contact information for the Education Committee:

Patrick O'Donnell (Chair)Dem - 70 Contact Assembly Member Patrick O'Donnell

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4166, Sacramento, CA 94249-0070; (916) 319-2070
Kristin Olsen (Vice Chair)Rep - 12

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4144, Sacramento, CA 94249-0012; (916) 319-2012
Young O. KimRep - 65 Contact Assembly Member Young O. Kim

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4177, Sacramento, CA 94249-0065; (916) 319-2065
Kevin McCartyDem - 7 Contact Assembly Member Kevin McCarty

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 2160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0007; (916) 319-2007
Miguel SantiagoDem - 53 Contact Assembly Member Miguel Santiago

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5119, Sacramento, CA 94249-0053; (916) 319-2053
Tony ThurmondDem - 15 Contact Assembly Member Tony Thurmond

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 5150, Sacramento, CA 94249-0015; (916) 319-2015
Shirley N. WeberDem - 79 Contact Assembly Member Shirley N. Weber

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 3123, Sacramento, CA 94249-0079; (916) 319-2079


Monday, April 11, 2016

Perspective: "Anyone Can Teach Adult School? The Fate of Credential Requirements for Adult School Teachers" by Kristen Pursley

Kristen Pursely raises important and urgent questions about the future of credentialing for Adult Education in the following blog post, shared with permission below.

Anyone Can Teach Adult School? The Fate of Credential Requirements for Adult School Teachers

In 2012, in a report entitled “Restructuring California’s Adult Education System”, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recommended that the State of California no longer require adult school teachers to hold a credential. While it is strange to see a recommendation to actually relax standards in a document devoted to suggesting ways to improve adult education in California, it’s right there on page 21 of the report. The reason given is that teachers could move more easily between adult school and community college jobs without the adult school credential requirement.
AB 104, the law that creates the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) provides, in section 84906, that in order to receive AEBG funding,  the  regional consortia between community colleges and adult schools must approve a plan that addresses, among other things,  “Qualifications of instructors, including common standards across entities that provide education and workforce services to adults.”  However, certain instructor qualifications are set by law, and cannot be changed unless the laws are changed.

Hit the link to read more.

Monday, March 28, 2016

"Why California's Adult Schools Need More Money" - from Save Your Adult School

With permission from Kristen Pursley:

Why California’s Adult Schools Need More Money

While California’s economy  rebounds, and educational institutions from K-12 schools to universities receive healthy increases in funding, California’s adult schools remain mired in the great recession.  A new bill authored by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando), AB 1846, seeks to remedy this situation. AB 1846 would increase the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG)  by $250 million, returning the amount of funding available to adult schools to roughly  pre-recession levels.  AB 1846 would provide sorely-needed relief to adult schools, which have been woefully underfunded for the last eight years. In addition to hampering the ability of adult schools to provide much needed services to their students, the current inadequate level of funding also locks into place inequalities that are the result of a desperate scramble for survival. As is usually the case in such struggles, the neediest were the losers, while those with more resources fared better. Without better funding, California’s adult schools cannot hope to fulfill their new mandate to serve those most in need, fill gaps in service, and help adults overcome barriers that keep them from accessing educational services.

Hit the link to read more.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spread the Message that Adult Education Matters - Suggest an AEM Stamp to the US Postal Service

We all know Adult Education matters.

And we all know that stamps are a way our culture recognizes the importance of something and promotes it - in one easy rectangle.

And we all know how great it would be to have Adult Education Matters stamps.

But did we all know that that is actually possible?

Here's how we do it:  

Hit the link to learn more.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

From CCAE: Prepare for CCAE Leg Day - April 5, 2016

From CCAE - California Council for Adult Education - Advice for CCAE Leg Day 2016:

As we've worked to reframe and restructure adult education over the last few years, we've consistently noted the importance that the new, revised structure and distribution of resources under what is now deemed the "Adult Education Block Grant" (AEBG) be simple, clear, efficient and protected.

Hit the link to learn more.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Perspective: Funding Adult Education Is a Perceptual - Not an Economic - Problem

This is a perspective piece by myself, Cynthia Eagleton.  I am the facilitator of this blog and I try to provide information and inspiration to renew and rebuild Adult Education.  From time to time, I share my own perspectives as well as the perspectives of others.

In this particular perspective piece, I weave a lot of threads into a tapestry that may or may not make sense to you.  Some threads may seem obvious and true to you and others may seen invisible or wrong.  Like everyone, I have blind spots which I cannot see and vantages from I view things and these affect how I perceive things and what I think of them.  Bottom line, read at risk of disagreement or dismay.  Then again, you might agree in whole or part.  Either way, I hope it will stimulate you to consider your own perspective, your own blind spots, and how important it is for all of us to describe the part of the problem each of us can see, so that together, we can identify the animal in the center of the classroom.