Problems with Funding Schedules AB104/SB77

Below is a message from John Mears of Van Nuys explaining how the new funding schedule for adult schools is creating chaos for LA area adult schools.  Are other adult schools experiencing similar problems?  We would like to hear from you!

John’s message is below:

Subject: Problems with funding schedules in AB104/SB77 — Preliminary inquiry

Dear fellow adult & career ed activist:

As you know, due to delays in funding from the state of California, Los Angeles and some other school districts are currently having great difficulty planning and coordinating their adult education programs.  In the Van Nuys Service Area of LAUSD’s Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE), for example, the ESL department has had to postpone registration until funds become available to hire teachers.  LAUSD has laid off (“RIFed”) more than 200 DACE teachers – many of them highly skilled and experienced.  Despite a statement from LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer that “all the RIFs will be reversed by August,” great damage has already been done to DACE programs by the lack of timely funding.  The communities we serve have been harmed even worse.  With more than 12,000 prospective adult students already on waiting lists before this delayed-funding crisis developed, we can now add greatly to that number.  Each student on a waiting list is a person whose life is “stuck in traffic.”

It appears to me that the latest budget bill passed by the legislature in Sacramento, AB 104 / SB 77, will not solve the problem of delayed funding; if anything, this bill will only exacerbate it.

Below, I have excerpted a key section, 84909, which – according to my understanding – stipulates that, starting SY 2016-17, adult and career education programs might not receive their apportionments from consortia until August 15.  This year, Fall Trimester at Van Nuys Service Area starts August 17!

Is it just me, or is this a serious problem that needs to be amended?  Are others taking action on this issue?  I’m guessing Dawn Koepke is probably aware of this, but has anyone heard from her about this?

I welcome all your comments.

Sincerely,

John Mears, Political Coordinator

Van Nuys Service Area

Here’s the excerpt from AB104/SB77, with a few parenthetical comments from me:

“84909.

(a) This section shall apply commencing with the 2016–17 fiscal year.

(b) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the advice of the executive director, shall approve, no later than February 28 of the prior fiscal year, a preliminary schedule of allocations to each consortium of any funds proposed in the Governor’s Budget for the program.

(c) The chancellor and the Superintendent, with the advice of the executive director, shall approve, within 15 days of enactment of the annual Budget Act (John’s note:  i.e., on or before July 15), a final schedule of allocations to each consortium of any funds appropriated by the Legislature for the program.

(d) The chancellor and the Superintendent shall determine the amount to be allocated to each consortium based on the following:

(1) The amount of funds apportioned to the members of that consortium in the immediately preceding fiscal year.

(2) That adult education region’s share of the statewide need for adult education.

(3) That consortium’s effectiveness in meeting the educational needs of adults in the adult education region based on available data.

(e) Using the final schedule approved pursuant to subdivision (c), the chancellor and the Superintendent shall do one of the following for each consortium:

(1) Apportion funds to a fund administrator designated by the members of a consortium beginning no more than 30 days after approval of the final schedule of allocations (John’s note:  i.e. on or before August 15).

(2) Apportion funds to members of a consortium beginning no more than 30 days after receipt of a final distribution schedule from that consortium (John’s note:  again, on or before August 15).”

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One Response

  1. What a mess this is!!! Damn them!

    Sent from my iPhone

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