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
"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.

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