Support AB 1846, A Bill to Increase Adult Education Funding in California

Below is an announcement about  AB 1846, new legislation  which would increase funding for adult education in California by $250 million.  This legislation is desperately needed, because funding for adult schools has been frozen at its lowest ebb.  Adult schools cannot possibly meet the educational needs of Californians with such inadequate funding.

The bill was announced on February 10, which was the beginning of a crucial 31 day public comment period for this bill.  The If you live in California, please let your state legislators know you support this bill as soon as possible.  If you are an adult school teacher, please ask you students to write letters to their assembly members and state senators. This can be a class project.

The announcement follows:

Dear colleague,

At a press conference yesterday — Wednesday, February 10th at 10:30 a.m. — Assemblywoman Patty Lopez announced the introduction of AB 1846, which would increase funding for adult education in California to pre-recession levels. It would add $250 million to California’s Adult Education Block Grant, currently at $500 million.  Here is a video of the press conference in the Capitol building:

Now begins the urgent and crucial work of building support for this legislation.

Folks, this bill could make a huge difference for all of us, for our students and for our communities, but to be frank, passing the bill will require broad-based support statewide from other legislators, from community organizations, from faith-based groups, and from businesses, students, and labor unions — just for starters. We need to reach out to everyone and anyone who can help us pass AB 1846.

In particular, we will need letters of support from individuals and businesses that benefit from our programs. We will also need well groomed, well mannered, well spoken people, especially students, to visit state lawmakers who have district offices within driving distance.

The next few months could very well decide whether adult education in California is restored to full capacity, or continue to suffer the slow death of a thousand cuts. We have a chance to make history. Let’s do this!

John Mears, Chair
Adult Education Task Force
with California Assemblywoman Patty López (39th District)

PS:  Regarding the letter-writing campaign started earlier, we now have over 1,000 student letters, but we need more.  Keep those letters coming!  If you need more information, email me at this address.


One Response

  1. Dear. Assemblyman. My name is Willy and I study English at Evans Service Center in downtown Los Angeles. I live your assembly district and soon I will be able to vote.I am writing to encourage you to support and eventually pas AB 1846 Adult Ed is important to me. We want to participate in the political life of California by voting for representatives like you,who will support Adult Ed..We help our Children succed in school. We want our children to go to college. Hope fally we will also be able to go to college.

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