CCAE Legislative Update On AB 1846

California Council for Adult Education (CCAE)  has released  an update on legislation affecting California adult schools, which is reproduced below. As you will see, most of the bills are dead for 2016, except for SCR 116 (Mendoza) declaring April 3-9 2016 as Adult Education Week and AB 1846 (Lopez), which has a hearing in Senate Appropriations this coming Monday, August 1.

As the CCAE update explains, AB 1846 in its original form would have added an additional $250 million to the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), making some much-needed additional funding available to adult schools.  The funding has been stripped from the bill, which has now been amended to provide that each consortium must include information about how AEBG funds are insufficient to meet the education needs of the adult population in the consortium area.  While the change to the bill is disappointing to the underfunded adult school community, the bill is still worth supporting, since documentation of the unmet needs of adult learners may lead to increased funding in the future.

That said, it is very frustrating that the Legislature and Administration want to observe the AEBG and the consortia for at least another year before even considering more funding.  This assures that adult schools will languish with inadequate funding for at least a decade. What do the Administration and Legislature hope to observe, other than the effects of their irresponsible behavior on a struggling institution which they damaged and then refused to restore?  The damage began during a crisis when everyone suffered, but continued for years after the state’s economy recovered and other institutions had their funding restored and even increased.  The money is there, but the state seems to prefer to keep adult schools on barely adequate life support.  We can only hope that adult schools get a little relief before the next recession hits.  Under the current system, adult schools are very fragile, and could be swept away by the next financial storm.

Thanks to CCAE and CAEAA for supporting AB 1846.  Let’s all keep working to restore adult education funding.

 

The CCAE Legislative Update follows:

Adult Education Update

AB 1846 (LOPEZ): ADULT EDUCATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM: REPORT

Current law requires the chancellor and the Superintendent to submit to the Director of Finance, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature, by September 30 following any year for which funds are appropriated for the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) Program, a report about the use of specified funds and outcomes for adults statewide and in each adult education region. this bill would require that report to also include a summary, based upon a review of the annual adult education plan for each consortium, of the extent to which funds from the program provided to each consortium, in combination with other funds available to the consortium and other entities that provide education and workforce services for adults in the region, were insufficient to address the adult education demands within the service area of the consortium.

Position:  CCAE & CAEAA SUPPORT

Notes:  As originally introduced, the bill would have added $250 million to the AEBG; however, the Legislature and Administration prefers to have at least one more year under the AEBG framework before adding more resources to the pot of funding.

Status: Pending hearing in Senate Appropriations on 8/1

Review: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1846


AB 1876 (LOPEZ): PUPILS: DIPLOMA ALTERNATIVES: LANGUAGE OPTIONS

Current law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to issue a high school equivalency certificate and an official score report, or an official score report only, to a person who has not completed high school and who meets specified requirements, including, among others, having taken all or a portion of a general education development test that has been approved by the State Board of Education. Commencing January 1, 2019, this bill would prohibit the department from approving or renewing approval of a contractor or testing center to administer the tests described above unless the contractor or testing center provides those tests in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Position:  Concerns

Notes:  CCAE and CAEAA had concerns with the bill as initially introduced as it would have required HSE testing to be developed in multiple non-English languages.  Members were concerned about the costs associated with translation, equivalency, and more particularly with so little funding already available to adult schools for maintaining programming and services.  While the bill was scaled back to focus merely on English, Spanish and Vietnamese, the bill was ultimately held in Senate Education as a result of concerns regarding the necessity of translation and feasibility of such.

Status: Held in Senate Education, Dead for 2016

Review: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1876


AB 2058 (MAYES): CALWORKS: EDUCATION INCENTIVES

Would create the CalWORKs Educational Opportunity and Attainment Program to provide CalWORKs recipients with a monthly education incentive grant of $100 for attainment of a high school diploma or its equivalent, $200 for attainment of an associate’s degree or career technical education program, or $300 for attainment of a bachelor’s degree, if the educational program was completed while the recipient was receiving CalWORKs assistance. The bill would require the education incentive grant to be provided on an ongoing basis if the recipient meets certain eligibility criteria.

Position:  CCAE & CAEAA SUPPORT

Status: Held on the Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File, Dead for 2016

Review: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2058


AB 2860 (BROWN): ADULT EDUCATION: ADULT EDUCATION BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM: APPEALS BOARD

Current law, Existing law requires the chancellor and the Superintendent, with the advice of the executive director, to approve, for each consortium, rules and procedures that adhere to prescribed conditions. This bill would give a consortium member the right to submit an appeal to the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) Appeals Board, which the bill would establish and that would consist of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Executive Director of the State Board of Education.

Position:  CCAE & CAEAA SUPPORT

Status: Held in the Assembly Higher Education Committee, Dead for 2016

Review: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB2860


SCR 116 (MENDOZA): ADULT EDUCATION WEEK

This bill would proclaim the week of April 3, 2016, to April 9, 2016, inclusive, as Adult Education Week, and would honor the teachers, administrators, classified staff, and students of adult education programs statewide for their efforts, persistence, and accomplishments.

Position:  CCAE & CAEAA SUPPORT

Status: Chaptered by the Secretary of State

Review: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SCR116

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