Thursday, April 17, 2014

"No One Is Safe"

This Save Your Adult School blog post -

Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 Hearing, April 8, 2014

provides important information and insight into key Adult Education issues including

- equity of power between K12 Adult Schools and Community Colleges in the Regional Consortia

- the need for awareness, caution, and action

A few excerpts:

"The subcommittee asked Dr. Harper if the fact that the funding for the consortium will be coming through the community colleges distorts the collaboration process that is central to the consortia. Dr. Harper’s frank answer, that it cannot help but do so, should set off alarm bells. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that a legislative body has brought up what should be an obvious issue: the lack of independent funding for adult schools puts adult schools in a “one down” position when negotiating with the community colleges, who have their own dedicated funding. If the state wants the consortia to be healthy, well functioning bodies, this kind of inequality should be the last thing they want. The state needs to look seriously at ways to put adult schools on a more equal footing with community colleges. Dedicated funding of their own would be a good start."

"No One Is Safe"

"Watching the long lines of Future Farmers of America and CTE students pleading for their programs made me think of discussions we adult education advocates had back when categorical flexibility first raised its ugly head. Remember those? CTE is safe, we used to say. It’s job preparation, everyone loves that. High School Diploma is safe; school districts need it to serve kids who drop out of high school. ESL is safe; how can immigration reform work without it?

How wrong we were. Future farmers and future engineers can tell us: no one is safe. Oakland doesn’t have High School Diploma anymore. We learned at this hearing that CTE is devastated. Older adult, Parent Education, Health and Safety and Home Economics programs are the most at risk now, but we can’t take anything for granted. It’s good to know the consortia are starting to pick up the pieces, and it looks like they will, but you can’t count on preserving anything you don’t fight for, which brings us to …

Next Hearing
Senate Budget Committee #1
Tuesday,  April 29
9:00 AM
State Capitol, Rm 3191"

Hit this link to read the full post - which I highly recommend you do.

Hit this link for information about the next hearing which will be before Senate Budget Subcommittee 1. 

And the members of Senate Budget Subcommittee 1 are:

Marty Block (Chair)

Carol Liu, author of SB 173 Education Funding: Adult Health & Safety Education

Mark Wyland

If you can attend the hearing, do so.  Attendance makes a difference.

And most definitely connect with Senators Block, Liu, and Wyland beforehand through a call, email, or letter to tell them what you know, need, and want for Adult Education and K12 Adult Schools.

Do not assume someone will speak up for you.

The Prize is 2015-17 K12 Adult Education Funding

From Adult Education Advocates in the Montebello community:

Torlakson Wants Your Opinion

Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of the California Department of Education, wants your input.

April 15th, he sent out this letter:

"   ...We are in the midst of carrying out Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula to empower parents, teachers, and local school leaders to make their own decisions about how education dollars are spent.

It’s an exciting time for our schools. Parents, teachers, and community members are starting to work together to ensure students get the skills they'll need to be successful in the real world of careers and college. New career technical education programs are taking shape in many schools. Others are working to restore the arts, civics, and STEM.

How about you? What priorities do you have for improving the schools in your community?

To share your ideas and hopes with me, click here."

How does that connect to Adult Education?

Until 2015, when the MOE runs out, money for K12 Adult Schools still runs through K12 Districts.

After 2015, there is no funding for K12 Adult Schools. 

Gov. Brown has more or less promised to provide funding but how that funding will be provided has yet to be decided and must be worked out through and with the Legislature - who are our representatives -in other words, tell them what you know, what you want, what you need!

Will it come in through the Regional Consortia?  If so, what does that mean in terms of equity of power within the Consortia.  Community Colleges already receive money through apportionment.  So how will that work? 

Will K12 Adult Schools be returned to their protected categorical status?  Many think this is a non-starter but other programs, such as CTE - Career Tech Ed, which used to have protected categorical status, and just like K12 Adult Ed, lost that in the "Flex," are now fighting for a return to protected status.  And CTE, with Assemblymember Muratsuchi as their legislative champion, is making headway.

Alliance for California Adult Schools started a petition to restore protected funding for K12 Adult Schools.   Will the petition and enthusiasm for this idea catch fire?  We'll see.

People are overwhelmed with all the changes going on in education.  It's hard enough understanding and navigating the changes, let alone making wise, informed choices, suggesting or promoting new ideas, or making a case for going slowly, gathering input, and keeping an eye on the both the future as the past as we make decisions now.

That's all the more reason it's good that Torlakson is asking for input and all the more reason we should provide it.

Torlakson has been a good supporter of Adult Education and of K12 Adult Schools.  When Gov. Brown wanted to move all Adult Education programs inside the Community College system, Torlakson said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."   And he is a keynote speaker Saturday, April 26th at the CCAE State Conference in San Diego.

Torlakson's call for input is a great opportunity to speak up about the value of Adult Education and the need for Designated Funding for K12 Adult Schools.

Click here to send Torlakson a message.

California Department of Education
Superintendent Tom Torlakson
(photo credit:
He's asked to hear from us -
                      and he's waiting!

And if you want more information about LCFF - the Local Control Funding Formula - click here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Call Congress about WIA Reauthorization

Good news!   This campaign was won! 
Info about win below all the other info.

CCAE issued an urgent call to action today:

Dear CCAE Members,
We are facing a huge problem with WIA reauthorization. There is the possibility that the final bill may include a provision consolidating Adult Education with the Title One Workforce Development programs. This would raise the possibility that adult education would become a workforce development program and that we could lose the ability to provide educational services to low level students.   
Please contact the staff of the members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee asking that ADULT EDUCATION NOT BE CONSOLIDATED WITH TITLE I IN THE NEW WIA LEGISLATION.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact me.
Larriann Torrez
CCAE State President
Here are the Congress Members on the committees who are from California:

House Education and Workforce Committee

Chair George Miller  Richmond Office:  (510) 262-6500

Member Howard "Buck" McKeon   Santa Clarita Office: (661) 254-2111

Member Duncan Hunter El Cajon Office: (619) 448-5201

Member Susan Davis  San Diego Office: Phone: (619) 280-5353

Hit the "read more" link for more info.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AB86 Report - Timeline

The AB86 Cabinet and Workgroup submitted a report to the Legislature on the progress of the AB86 Adult Planning Project.

The report, which is in PDF form, includes a Timeline, list of Grant Awards, and participating School Districts.

Here is the timeline:

Hit the "read more" link to see it.

AB86 Report: Grant Awards by Regional Consortia

On April 7, 2014, The AB86 Cabinet and Workgroup submitted a report to the Legislature on the progress of the AB86 Adult Planning Project.

The report, which is in PDF form, includes the Timeline, the Grant Awards, and the Participating School District Members.

Here are the Grant Awards (Appendix G):

Com College District No. - Com College District Name -  Fiscal Agent -  Allocation Amount

Hit the "read more" link to see the info.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 2014 Budget Hearings

There are two important Subcommittee meetings pertaining to Adult Education in April.

Due to a life of rising tides I failed to post about the first Subcommittee meeting - too bad because these meetings are important opportunities to connect with Legislators.

Legislators are no different from you or me.  They have eight zillion things to do - sometimes ten zillion - and on top of that they need to understand and process things deeply in order to make wise decisions - and they even have personal lives, which rise and fall with their own tides.


When there is a meeting where Adult Education is going to be discussed, this is an important moment.  The busy Legislator has their mind open and on the topic.  The information that is presented at that time is important. 

We missed the moment for the first Subcommittee meeting - but not for the second.

Here is some information about both:

1.  Tuesday, April 8 Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2

Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. in State Capitol, Room 444. The subcommittee will discuss adult education in the context of budget needs
Tuesday, April 8th at 9:00 a.m. in State Capitol, Room 444.

This Edsource article, "Assembly Subcommittee Pledges To Fight For Career Tech" details something important that came out of that meeting:

* "a key Assembly budget subcommittee signaled Tuesday it intends to fight to restore dedicated funding for career technical education programs that give students work experience."

* "At a hearing Tuesday, the committee unanimously approved two motions – both forwarded by Muratsuchi – calling on the state to maintain funding for career technical education."

"The programs had previously received a dedicated, or categorical, funding stream from the state, but the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula relaxes most categorical funding and allows districts to use money as they wish."

This is the situation all K12 Adult Schools find themselves in.  They are riding the MOE - Maintenance of Effort Clause - until 2015.  Then they come to the cliff of Thenwhat.  And then what happens?  Restored Designated Funding for K12 Adult Schools?  A single stream of money from the State that comes in through the Regional Consortia and is distributed between CC NonCredit Adult Ed and K12 Adult Ed how exactly?  And if things go that way, will the CC NonCredit programs be in some way "double-dipping" since Community Colleges receive money through apportionment?  No one knows.  Things are still in the goo phase.  And that's why we and you and me and them need to think and speak.  What do we want?   How do we want Adult Education to be funded?

* "More than three dozen speakers – many of them career tech students or former students – told legislators that, without a specific funding stream, the programs are a risk." 

Student Voice.  Your voice.  Our voice. 

Thinking. Writing.  Speaking. Going.

It matters.

Which brings us to the next meeting:

2.  Tuesday, April 29th Senate Budget Subcommittee #1

Thanks to CCAE Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke for the following information:

Senate Budget Subcomitee #1 will meet on --- NEW DATE!--- Tuesday, April 29, 9 am ----  in State Capitol, Room 3191. While the budget doesn't currently contemplate funding in the upcoming budget year, the Committees and their staff understand the critical needs on the horizon and their relationship to the discussions around the AB 86 regional consortia. This hearing will be an opportunity to provide an update on the key issues of importance to the K-12 adult education community as well as discuss the regional consortia efforts. The format of the Senate hearing has yet to be determined.

Lots of things have to be determined.

To tell the Subcommittee your recommended method, desired outcome, or share important info,
contact them here:

Senator Marty Block (Chair)
Senator Carol Liu
Senator Mark Wyland

You can also listen live to the hearing here:

It's never too late to be part of the process - because we always are!