No Increased Funding for Adult Schools: Post from Adult Education Matters

An excellent post from the Adult Education Matters (AEM) blog about the governor’s budget proposal, which includes the actual language from the governor’s ebudget about adult education, appears below.  Note that the section that relates to adult school funding, the section about the Adult Education Block Grant (bolded in the post below) does not even mention adult schools!

 

• Adult Education Block Grant Program — This program coordinates representatives from local educational agencies, community colleges, and other regional education, workforce, and industry partners to promote the educational opportunities offered to students and adult learners. 
Doesn’t the above sound like the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) funds community colleges and all sorts of other agencies involved in workforce development?  In reality, only community colleges and adult schools receive funding through the AEBG, and the AEBG is the ONLY source of state funding for adult schools, and also their MAIN source of funding.
Does it sound like Governor Brown is trying to write adult schools out of the picture?  If you don’t like it, please write a him a letter and copy your state senator and assembly member. For more see the AEM post.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017-18 Brown Budget Proposal: Still No Increase for Adult Education

Information for funding Adult Education is now in the “Investing in California’s Workforce” section of the budget.  In the past, there was information about Adult Education in the K12 and Higher Education sections.

It seems Governor Brown is slowly but surely framing Adult Education as being less about education and more about work.  That’s a nice way to avoid the truth Adult Education is and always has been – for over 150 years – part of the educational system of California.  And while Adult Education includes job skills training, just like people, Adult Education is about more than just work.

No matter what you call it or where you put it in the budget, Adult Education is not seen, treated and funded in the same way all other branches of Public Education are.

It is high time that Adult Education be given the Education Equality that Californians need and deserve.
#EducationEquality4AE now!
Here is the information from Governor Brown’s ebudget about Adult Education:

Community Colleges and Workforce

In 2015‑16, community college vocational education programs served roughly 300,000
full‑time equivalent students, about 27 percent of all community college full‑time
equivalent students. Below are several other community college programs that
strengthen workforce development and foster job creation:
• Strong Workforce Program — The Budget includes $248 million Proposition 98
General Fund for the Strong Workforce Program. This program builds upon federal
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) funds and provides
access to more regionally aligned, career technical education and workforce
development programs/courses. It will also strengthen programmatic collaboration
among workforce investment boards, CCCs, local education agencies, and county
human services agency employment and workforce development programs. These
efforts promote greater employment opportunities and earnings potential for
participating students.
• Adult Education Block Grant Program — This program coordinates representatives

from local educational agencies, community colleges, and other regional education,

workforce, and industry partners to promote the educational opportunities offered
to students and adult learners. Through this program, students and adult learners
can access courses to complete their high school diplomas or general education
equivalent, English as a Second Language courses, and pathways courses that
lead to additional career opportunities. The Budget includes $500 million ongoing
Proposition 98 General Fund to support the Adult Education Block Grant Program.
• Apprenticeship Programs — There are over 265 apprenticeship programs sponsored
by local educational agencies, community colleges, and the Labor and Workforce
Development Agency’s (Labor Agency) Employment Training Panel which support
training to approximately 74,000 apprentices. These programs offer interested
Californians a clear pathway to obtain classroom instruction and on‑the‑job training
skills leading to gainful employment, while also providing California businesses with
well‑trained employees. The Budget includes $54.9 million ongoing Proposition 98
General Fund and approximately $13 million Employment Training Fund for
apprenticeship programs.
• Economic and Workforce Development Program — This program provides funding
for targeted investments in economic and workforce development, focusing on
priority and emergent industry sectors, providing short‑term grants to support
industry‑driven regional education and training. The Budget includes $22.9 million

ongoing Proposition 98 General Fund to support this program.

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