SB 91 contains the provision requiring districts to spend the same amount of funding for Adult Education in 2013/14 and 2014/15 as was spent in 2012/13, pursuant to AB 86 to establish Adult Education consortia.
Top 10 Reasons Why A School District Should Offer Adult Education Within the New Consortium System
Contributed by Kathy Brendzal, CCAE Secretary
The following provides 10 reasons why a school district should decide to offer Adult Education by participating in the Planning and Implementation process outlined in Assembly Bill 86.
1. Because educational opportunities can be provided for parents of the district’s K12 students, especially those adults seeking to improve their English, enhance parenting skills, or upgrade their employment conditions. Studies continue to show that children of parents taking Adult Education perform better academically.
2. Because of the opportunity to provide an educational option for the community’s adult population, thereby lifting overall literacy, educational attainment, and employment opportunities.
3. Because Adult Education funding will be available, and the program should be self-supporting.
4. Because district revenues can be enhanced since lottery calculations include enrollment in Adult Education.
5. Because Adult Education could be a component of the overall school district plan for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), especially in regards to addressing literacy skills.
6. Because of the potential to have greater articulation and linkages between the district and local community college, thereby enhancing opportunities for adults and high school students to gain from leveraged resources in academic achievement and career training.
7. Because the opportunity would be provided to have a direct community outreach to the adult population of the district, especially those who may be learning English.
8. Because the district’s high school graduation rate can be improved through the concurrent enrollment of high school students, thereby allowing these students to earn credits towards their diploma in academic areas and career training. Ten percent of high school students may enroll in Adult Education. In districts with Adult Education, surveys have shown that 40 to 60 percent of high school graduates take at least one Adult Education class thereby assuring graduation of these students.
9. Because the voting population of the district can be reached through adults enrolled in the program thereby improving the potential for support as local measures are placed on a ballot.
10. Because it is the right thing to do. Adult education presents the opportunity for community betterment, and represents a positive endeavor at no cost to the participating school district.