Sunday, September 29, 2013

Crowdsourcing: The Green Ghost

Update:  October 21, 2013      


The wonderful Crowdsourcing

(I almost wrote Couchsurfing)

little orange button with
the little green lightbulb

is... GONE!

As in Ghostly Boo Halloween Gone! 

The AB86 folks decided they wanted just ONE WAY to get our feedback and it's through the comment button. 

That means you send them an email by clicking here.

And then maybe the answer shows up here.

Here's the old post before that change happened:

Got ideas for the new Regional Consortia?

Need some?

Want to see some?

Check out the cool crowdsourcing feature on the new AB86 website.

Look for the little orange button on the faaaaaaaaaaaaar left of the website.

The one that says "feedback."

Submit an idea.

Hit the "read more" link to learn more.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Regional Consortia: Got Questions?

Me, too.

We can - and should - look for answers.

We can - and should - be part of the process of creating the future of Adult Education.

Here are some resources to help us:

Hit the "read more" link to see them.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Flip the Switch: Sign the Petition

We've come a long way. 

We succeeded in stopping Gov. Brown's plan to move Adult Education out of the K12 Adult Schools, the provider of most Adult Education in California, and solely into the Community College system.

We've got a new system - the Regional Consortia system - in which K12 Adult Schools, Community Colleges - and the community - can work together to plan what kind of Adult Education will be taught to whom, by whom, region by region.

But - Adult Education, in particular K12 Adult School Adult Education - is still vulnerable.

Hit the "read more" link to know why.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Regional Consortia Game in Translation

Finally!  What we've all been waiting for!

Information about how the Regional Consortia will work
Reminder:  In the new system, K12 Adult Schools and Community colleges and any other providers of Adult Ed, such as Jails and Prisons, will work together to decide who teaches what to whom - region by region.  Each consortium will have one fiscal agent - the "banker."  The fiscal agent can be a K12 Adult School or a Community College. 
in the form of a letter from Tom Torlakson and Brice Harris

explaining how the planning process for the new Regional Consortia system will work

hit the "read more" link to understand

CCAE: Membership and Maintenance of Effort

September is Membership Drive Month for CCAE.

That means if you join CCAE in September, you'll be entered in a drawing for iPad.

It also means you'll be part of a team working hard to safeguard and rebuild Adult Education.

Here is a previous AEM post about the benefits of CCAE membership.

Here is a link to the CCAE Membership page.

And here (below) is a quote from Dawn Koepke, Legislative Analyst for CCAE, about SB 91 and the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Clause.  The recent cuts to Riverside Adult School demonstrate the need for the MOE and continued work to restore and safeguard Designated Funding for K12 Adult Education.

Your membership and participation in CCAE is part of the maintenance of effort we must exert in order to renew and rebuild Adult Education.

Hit the "read more" link to read the terrific quote.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

After the Accident

Five years ago, Wall Street crashed into Main Street.

There were many victims. 

Folks who lost their jobs.

Folks who lost their homes.

Folks who lost their schools.

Adult Education was one of the many felled by those events and in so many ways, we are still struggling to recover from them.

The future is unsure.   While I declared "victory" on the Rebuild Adult Education petition, I'm not so sure now, because the promise of 500 million in Designated Funding in 2015 seems less concrete now. 

What exactly does the future hold? 

Click the "read more" link to find out.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Top 10 Reasons Why A School District Should offer Adult Education Within The New Consortium System

From the CCAE (California Council for Adult Education) Website:

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
 Hit the "Read more" link to see them.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Update Riverside: Reason for Concern & Action

The Press-Enterprise article, "Riverside: Adult School Programs Slashed" is cause for great concern.

Even though the MOE (Maintenance of Effort) clause stipulates that if an Adult School was open in 2012, it must be open now and at the same funding level, the District has cut Adult Ed programs.

Paul Steenhausen of the Legislative Analyst’s Office in Sacramento, said...    “They’re not allowed to spend less,” said Steenhausen, whose office provides nonpartisan fiscal and policy analysis for the Legislature. If they do, he said, they could be in violation.             (From the PE Article)

Reductions at the Riverside Adult School, from 2012 to 2013, include:

ENROLLMENT: From 1,200 to 185


BUDGET: $3.6 million to $1.8 million

STAFF: 52 to 19

(Statistics from PE Article)

Even though we the people of California, including many Adult Education students, staff, and supporters passed Prop 30...

Even though the Legislature created the Maintenance of Effort clause to ensure the survival of Adult Schools...

Even though Adult Education is wanted and needed in Riverside, where 24% of the population is foreign-born and 15% lives under the poverty level...

The District has made these cuts.

Click the "read more" link to learn more.

Monday, September 2, 2013

How Can You & Your Community Get Involved in the Regional Consortia Planning Process?

That's what we all want to know - and what we're finding out together.

Here's some information and ideas that might help us get started:

Hit the "read more" link to see them.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Update Series: Working Together to Rebuild Adult Ed

Around the state, thanks to Prop 30, the support and backing of the Legislature, the Governor's May Revise, and the MOE clause (Maintenance of Effort means if an Adult School was open in 2012, it has to remain open and at the same funding level until 2015 when the new Regional Consortia system kicks in)...

Adult Schools are hanging on, hanging in, and working hard for a brighter future.

What that brighter future looks like depends on current planning and future budgets. 

We can be part of both processes by sharing information with each other, the Legislature, and the Governor.

I want to run an Update Series that showcases what's happening in Adult Ed around the state, at K12 Adult Schools, in Community College Non-Credit Adult Ed Programs, in Family Literacy Programs, in Jails & Prisons, anywhere Adult Education is happening.  (An example about Oakland is here.)

Hit the "read more" link to learn more.

CCAE Says: Now is the Time to Plan!

From the September issue of the CCAE Communicator:
Now is the Time to Develop Your Regional Consortium for Adult Education 
Contributed by Chris Nelson
Past President

As you know, the State Budget now has $25 million set aside to provide planning grants to regional consortiums for Adult Education.  CCAE believes that you should take the initiative in developing the Regional Consortium in your local areas.  AB 86, which is now the law, says a regional consortium must consist of at least one adult school and one community college district.  We strongly suggest to begin your planning now, even before meeting with your community college leaders.  You can start by:
        • Doing your own brainstorming on what you would like to see in a regional consortium (i.e. - improved transitions for adult learners, articulated career/ academic pathways, outreach and counseling, common assessments, etc.). 
        • Apprising your district and community partners on what the regional consortium is about through AB 86.
        • Reaching out to your neighboring adult schools in your community college district and beginning to meet to jointly figure out your needs.
        • Assessing who else could be key players for your regional consortium.
In early September, the State Chancellor's Office and the California Department of Education will be convening work groups to develop an application and a process for regional consortium planning grants.  We expect an application to go out to the field sometime in the fall, so it is never too early to begin your regional consortium. 
You can also take this questionnaire that I made so that everyone can share can share their needs, hopes and ideas for the Future of Adult Ed.  The results of the questionnaire will be shared publically.