C A L I F O R N I A
A Newsletter on Adult Education in California
GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PROPOSES TRANSFERRING ADULT EDUCATION TO THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Guaranteed to generate debate, the Governor’s Budget for 2013-14 proposes to transfer the state’s Adult Education program from K-12 districts to community colleges. This recommendation has been proposed before and rejected because K12 districts are better positioned to deliver the program for the following reasons:
- Adult Education covers instruction to the high school diploma level with dedication to basic education and English acquisition, two areas outside of community college focus.
- Adult Education offers community-based instruction with easy access for students.
- Adult Education offers immediate response to student programmatic needs.
- Adult Education is cost effective. A state dedication of $600 million serves over one million students in a given year, a critical factor with 5 million Californians lacking a high school diploma.
The Legislative Analyst report, as noted in the following, recommends that AE remain in K-12 and that clear distinctions be instituted regarding what instruction belongs in K-12 Adult Education and the community colleges.
STATE’S LEGISLATIVE ANALYST RECOMMENDS A SEPARATE FUNDING MECHANISM FOR ADULT EDUCATION IN K-12
On December 5th, the state’s Legislative Analyst released a comprehensive report on California’s Adult Education program. A number of substantive recommendations are put forth, including but not limited to the following:
- Focus state support on a core Adult Education mission leading to a high school diploma and short term vocational training.
- Provide a clear distinction between Adult Education and community college instruction.
- Fund Adult Education as a separate item within school district budgets.
- Promote a coordinated and delineated system between Adult Education and community colleges.
This LAO report presents a valuable tool for responding to and modifying the Governor’s recommendation to transfer the Adult Education to the community colleges.
What to Do………
Implement the LAO recommendations on Adult Education.
CCAE - California Council on Adult Education - www.ccaestate.org