URGENT-Save Older Adult and Parent Education Programs THIS WEEK (Week of 07/28/14)

Adult Education Programs serving CA Senior Citizen Baby Boomers + and Young Parents

will Lose Funding in June 2015  unless we TAKE ACTION NOW!

Save Older Adult Education & Parent Education

Senior Health & Financial Literacy

Family Literacy

 

CONTACT

Assemblymember Mike Gatto (Chair, Appropriations Committee)

Speaker Toni Atkins and Governor Jerry Brown

Before the August 2014

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HEARING

 

We Need to Rally

Teachers, Students, Seniors, Parents, Neighbors, Friends, Family,

Community Leaders, Grass Roots Organizations, and the General Public

 

Urge Legislators to:

OPPOSE SB173 UNLESS AMENDED to fund OLDER ADULT EDUCATION and PARENT EDUCATION and include them in the AB86 List of Approved Courses and Classes Eligible for Funding in the K-12 Public School System (aka K-12 Adult Education) and Community College System.

 

Include in your message that their:

SUPPORT is NEEDED for a DEDICATED FUNDING STREAM for K-12 Public Schools (aka K-12 Adult Education) as well as Community Colleges, in order to preserve the full spectrum of Adult Education, including Older Adult Education and Parent Education.

 

          WRITE AND CALL Assemblymember Mike Gatto (Chair, Appropriations Committee) and Speaker Toni Atkins who have exclusive authority over SB173 while it is being held in the “Suspense File” of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  Advocates and Supporters of senior citizens and families have a better chance then ever to be heard and have the bill amended to fund Older Adult Ed and Parent Ed.  In August 2014, a hearing and vote on SB173 will be held by the full Appropriations Committee.

 

          WE NEED TO ACT NOW and supply Chair Mike Gatto, Speaker Toni Atkins and Governor Jerry Brown as well as Majority Whip Jimmy Gomez and Local Elected Officials with key information and evidence about why it is important of fund these programs.  Everyone can SEND a SIMPLE MESSAGE by FOLLOWING STEPS 1-2.  For Further Action FOLLOW STEPS 3-4 or STEPS 5-7.  (see below Contact List)

 

EVERYONE CAN SIMPLY FOLLOW STEPS 1-2:

 

(1)  SIMPLY COPY and PASTE our following ADVOCACY MESSAGE and EMAIL CAPITOL OFFICES:

  • OPPOSE SB173 UNLESS AMENDED to fund OLDER ADULT EDUCATION and PARENT EDUCATION and include them in the AB86 List of Approved Courses and Classes Eligible for Funding in the K-12 Public School System (aka K-12 Adult Education) and Community College System.

 

  • Your SUPPORT IS NEEDED for a DEDICATED FUNDING STREAM for K-12 Public Schools (aka K-12 Adult Education) as well as Community Colleges, in order to preserve the full spectrum of Adult Education, including Older Adult Education and Parent Education.

 

(2)  and/or CALL CAPITOL OFFICES and LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICES: Verbally give the above message.

 

For Further Action, EXPRESS WHY THESE PROGRAMS ARE IMPORTANT by FOLLOW STEPS 3-4:

(3)  SEND INDIVIDUALIZED LETTERS and/or EMAILS (no more then one page).  Select information from below attached Sample Letter and Action Alert.  Students can briefly tell their personal stories about why these programs are important to them.  Since the Appropriations Committee is about fiscal efficiency, include how these programs save the state tax payer dollars.

 

(4)  FOLLOW UP PHONE CALLS to PRIMARY CONTACTS should ONLY be MADE BY Educators, Professionals, and Community Leaders who can clarify our concerns and give answers to any questions legislators may have.  FOLLOW UP CALLS to CAPITOL OFFICES and LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICES should be made by Students, the General Public, Educators, Professionals, and Community Leaders stating our concerns from a position of power as constituents.

 

To Go Further, MEET WITH LEGISLATORS and STAFF in LOCAL OFFICES by FOLLOW STEPS 5-7:

 

(5)  DURING THE SUMMER RECESS, LEGISLATORS ARE IN THEIR LOCAL DISTRICTS.  It will strengthen our advocacy to meet with State Assemblymembers and Senators.  Groups of no more than four or five should meet.  Request that, In the K-12 Public Schools as well as Community Colleges, they Support dedicated funding for the full spectrum of Adult Education programs and add Older Adult Ed and Parent Ed to the AB86 List of approved courses and classes eligible for funding.

 

(6)  MEET WITH CITY, COUNTY and FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES such as local mayors, city council members, county supervisors, school board members, etc.; and ask them to write letters in support of adult education programs, including Older Adult Ed and Parent Ed.  Ask them to pass a RESOLUTION, such as the L.A. City Resolution supporting funding for Older Adult Ed and Parent Ed that was unanimously passed by the L.A. City Council and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.  (click link http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2014/14-0002-S11_CA_04-23-14.pdf or see attachment below)

 

(7)  INVITE ELECTED OFFICIALS THE SEE CLASSES if they are in session during the summer.

 

TARGET CONTACT LIST:

 

CHAIR/ASSEMBLYMEMBER MIKE GATTO

(CONTACT for Students & General Public)

Capitol Office of the Assembly Appropriations Committee

  1. gatto@assembly.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 319-2043, Fax: (916) 319-2143

Committee Website: http://apro.assembly.ca.gov

State Capitol, Room 2114, Sacramento‎ CA‎ 95814

 

(CONTACT ONLY FOR Educators, Professionals & Community Leaders)

MISTY FEUSAHRENS (Primary Contact)

Principal Consultant

  1. Feusahrens@asm.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 319-2081, Fax: (916) 319-2181

 

(CONTACT for Constituents & Local Community)

Tel: (818) 558-3043, Fax: (818) 558-3042

District Website: http://asmdc.org/members/a43/

300 East Magnolia Blvd, Suite 504, Burbank, CA 91502

 

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER TONI ATKINS

(CONTACT for Students & General Public)

Capitol Office of the Speaker: Speaker.Atkins@assembly.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 319-2078, Fax: (916) 319-2178

Assembly Website: http://assembly.ca.gov

State Capitol, Room 219, Sacramento, CA 94249-0078

 

(CONTACT ONLY FOR Educators, Professionals & Community Leaders)

MONICA HENESTROZA (Primary Contact monitoring SB173)

Special Assistant to the Speaker

  1. Henestroza@asm.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 319-2078, Fax: (916) 319-2178

RICK SIMPSON (Primary Contact)

Deputy Chief of Staff

  1. Simpson@asm.ca.gov

 

(CONTACT for Constituents & Local Community)

District Websitehttp://asmdc.org/speaker/

Tel: (619) 645-3090, Fax: (619) 645-3094

1350 Front Street, Suite 6054, San Diego, CA 92101

 

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN

(CONTACT for Students & General Public)

Capitol Office of the Governor

https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

Tel: (916) 445-2841, Fax: (916) 558-3160

Capitol Website: http://gov.ca.gov/home.php

c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814

 

(CONTACT ONLY FOR Educators, Professionals & Community Leaders)

CATHY MCBRIDE (Primary Contact)

Deputy Legislative Secretary

  1. mcbride@gov.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 445-4341, Fax: (916) 558-3160

 

CONTACT LIST to ONLY SEND COPY (cc) of LETTERS:

 

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JIMMY GOMEZ, MAJORITY WHIP

(CONTACT for Students & General Public)

Capitol Office: assemblymember.gomez@assembly.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 319-2051, Fax: (916) 319-2151

State Capitol – Sacramento, CA 94249-0051

 

(CONTACT ONLY FOR Educators, Professionals & Community Leaders)

CHRISTINA ROMERO (Primary Contact)

Legislative Director

  1. Romero@asm.ca.gov

Tel: (916) 319-2051, Fax: (916) 319-2151

 

(CONTACT for Constituents & Local Community)

District Website: http://asmdc.org/members/a51/

Tel: (213) 483-5151, Fax: (213) 483-5166

1910 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 810, Los Angeles, CA 90026-3350

 

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3 Responses

  1. Hello- thanks you for your advocacy. WHen is the hearing?

    Michelle Cohen Los ANgeles

    • I have heard that the hearing will probably be the week of August 11, but I don’t think it has been set yet. I will post the date on this blog as soon as I get definite information.

  2. adult education is very important for our country.please keep it going

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