Support the Assembly Budget Plan for Adult Education

The California Assembly has released its budget plan, and it is by far the best plan for adult education.  You can read the portions of the plan related to adult education on pages 32, 36, 41, 48 and 53.  Here is the link:  http://abgt.assembly.ca.gov/sites/abgt.assembly.ca.gov/files/2013-14%20Subcommittee%20Reports.pdf

You can see a comparison of the three plans that are on the table, the Governor’s May Revise, the senate plan, and the assembly plan, here:

http://sbud.senate.ca.gov/sites/sbud.senate.ca.gov/files/conference/2013EducationConferenceCommitteeAgenda.pdf

The assembly plan provides $635 million in Adult Education funding for 2013-2014.  School districts who have been flexing adult education money have a one-year adjustment period for 2013-14, during which they can continue to flex the money, but must spend the same amount on adult education they spent in 2012-2013 for the 2013-14 school year.  In other words, they can’t make further cuts, though they can continue using adult education funds they have already flexed.  The next year, 2014-2015, Adult Education programs are restored as a categorical program within the K-12 schools.

This is what should happen.  Categorical Flexibility was an emergency measure, taken during a budget crisis.  Now that the crisis is over, adult education should be fully restored, as soon as possible, with dedicated funding.

The senate and assembly must come up with a compromise version of their two plans and get the governor to approve it.  Now is the time to write your congress members, both assembly member and senator, as well as the governor, to tell them you support the assembly plan.  You can find your legislators here:

http://www.legislature.ca.gov/legislators_and_districts/legislators/your_legislator.html

 

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