Go here to read AB104 in full.
Go here to get to it via the AB86 website (the place to go for info about the new Regional Consortia system).
There are lots of things to learn and understand.
Here are a few bits.
First, from the AB86 website:
AB104: Adult Education Block GrantThe California Legislature has passed Assembly Bill 104 which includes the legislation for the Adult Education Block Grant. The Adult Education Block Grant will fund adult education providers and the adult education regional consortia. Please refer to Sec. 39, Article 9, Section 84900.
With this final language, the CCCCO and the CDE are working together to develop guidance regarding next steps for implementation of the Adult Education Block Grant. Guidance regarding the fund allocations, reporting requirements, and outcomes and measures will be forthcoming over the coming weeks and months. We will be sure to keep you updated and will continue to provide technical assistance webinars to provide as much assistance as we can as we transition to implementation of your regional plans. Draft guidance is expected to be made public in July 2015.
From the CCAE Legislative Update:
Programs eligible for funding include:
o Basic skills, high school equivalency/diploma
o Citizenship, ESL
o Workforce entry or reentry, including explicit ability for older adults to access these programs
o Adult programs, including older adult access, that are "primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school" (a la child development for elementary and secondary school children)
o Adults with disabilities programs
o Short term career technical education
o Pre-apprenticeship programs/activities
84913.(a) Funds apportioned for the program shall be used only for support of the following:
(1) Programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including programs leading to a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
(2) Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation.
(3) Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce.
(4) Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.
(5) Programs for adults with disabilities.
(6) Programs in career technical education that are short term in nature and have high employment potential.
(7) Programs offering preapprenticeship training activities conducted in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area.
(b) A consortium may use no more than 5 percent of funds allocated in a given fiscal year for the sum of the following:
(1) The costs of administration of these programs.
(2) The costs of the consortium.
SEC. 22.Section 41976 of the Education Code is amended to read:
41976.(a) For purposes of this chapter, the following classes and courses are authorized to be offered by school districts and county superintendents of schools for apportionment purposes from the adult education fund:
(1) Adult programs in parenting, including parent cooperative preschools, and classes in child growth and development, parent-child relationships, and parenting.
(2) Adult programs in elementary and secondary basic skills and other courses and classes required for the high school diploma. Apportionments for these courses and classes may only be generated by students who do not possess a high school diploma, except for remedial academic courses or classes in reading, mathematics, and language arts.
(3) Adult education programs in English as a second language.
(4) Adult education programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation classes in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics, decisionmaking and problem solving skills, and other classes required for preparation to participate in job specific technical training.
(5) Adult education programs for adults with disabilities.
(6) Adult short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential. Any reference to “vocational” education or programs in adult education means “career technical” education or programs in adult education.
(7) Adult programs for older adults.
(8) Programs offering pre-apprenticeship training activities conducted in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area.
(9) Adult programs in home economics.
(10) Adult programs in health and safety education.
(b) No state apportionment shall be made for any course or class that is not set forth in subdivision (a).
For comparison purposes, AB86 originally stated:
The purpose of AB 86 Section 76, Article 3 is to provide grant funds to regional consortium to create and implement a plan to better provide adults in its region with all of the following:
- Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
- Classes and courses for immigrants eligible for education services in citizenship and English as a second language and workforce preparation classes in basic skills
- Education programs for adults with disabilities
- Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential
- Programs for apprentices