|The Voice of Adult Education in California|
Wow! Are you feeling that New Year's optimism?
• The economy is recovering.
• The Governor is proposing a more robust statewide budget, including education.
• The Budget Summary indicates a commitment to creating a funding mechanism for adult education by 2015-16, and reinforces SB91 requirements that K-12 districts maintain the 2012-13 level of adult education funding in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
• Thanks to CCAE's urging, State Superintendent Torlakson sent a letter to district Superintendents, on December 13, detailing SB91 requirements regarding maintenance of adult education funding.
The CCAE Legislative Committee, in conjunction with CAEAA and ACSA, is hard at work developing potential funding proposals that also address improvements in the adult education delivery system.
Dear CCAE Members,
Happy New Year! What an exciting year for CCAE as we celebrate 70 years. This year is filled with important events that will help you plan for the restructuring of adult education in California.
Our CCAE Executive Director, members from the CCAE Executive Board and Legislative Committee, along with Dawn Koepke, Legislative Advocate, have been communicating via emails and weekly conference calls to ensure a successful future for adult education.
In this issue, please read Dawn's update on the Governor's Budget and next steps. Developing the FY 15-16 and beyond funding structure, as discussed in her update, will be our driving force as we plan for our upcoming CCAE Legislative Day in Sacramento on March 18-19.
The Certification of Eligibility (COE) materials for the funding of the AB 86 Adult Education Regional Consortia Program have been released. As you work on your consortia, please click on this AB 86 link to take you to the official website, and read Chris Nelson's article in this issue regarding up-to-date information on AB 86.
I would like to recognize and thank our CCAE members Joanne Durkee, Bob Harper, and Candace Lee for their hard work and dedication to the AB 86 Work Group and for helping build for the future of adult education in California.
I look forward to seeing you this year at the CCAE State Conference, in San Diego, April 24-26. Please remember to visit our CCAE website throughout the month so you don't miss out on deadlines and important information regarding adult education.
Now that we have completed our "Intent to Participate" forms, Project Management Plans, and Preliminary Budgets to begin our Regional Consortium planning, let's not forget that Regional Consortium planning is an opportunity to help inform our legislators and governor that a dedicated funding source for K-12-based adult schools in California will provide the best possible outcomes for adult learners. We have seen the results for years how funding for adult education has changed the lives of so many of our students. Now, we have an opportunity to officially quantify the great quality work that we all do, through the Regional Consortium process. Did you know the driving force for our active planning involvement is actually stated right in the objectives in the template for developing your Regional Comprehensive Plan? These objectives that we will complete, over the course of this year, will give us and our legislators and governor extensive information about the needs of the students and community that we serve. Here are some examples of how those objectives can be used:
Needs assessment of your current programming - What student populations are you currently serving; how well are they served; what is the effectiveness of your program; and how many enrollments of specific populations do you serve? These can help to show your legislator just who you are serving in your community. Large numbers of students residing in legislator zip codes is helpful information and will encourage the legislator to advocate for dedicated K-12-based programming.
Although the development of the FY 15-16 budget is roughly a year out, we are wasting no time in trying to affect the outcome of what is included in the Governor's January budget proposal and discussed as part of the legislative review and discussion on adult education thereafter. Recall that although the Governor's budget plan this cycle called out adult education and the commitment to provide funding in FY 15-16 and beyond, the general detail provided was vague and the Department of Finance was clear that they would not solidify the funding and associated structure until the next budget cycle. The delay is largely associated with the Department and Legislature's interest in seeing what the regional consortia process produces in terms of data to indicate regional need, current programing, and regional coordination efforts.
Supporters of Adult Education Update
Thank you for being one of over 3,223 supporters of Adult Ed who have signed up to receive important information about the current dismantling of the State's Adult Education program that has been in existence since 1856. The first class was held in the basement of St. Mary's Cathedral on Grant Avenue in San Francisco. Since that time, the Adult Education program grew to serve over 1.2 million students. Now, statewide enrollments are estimated to be down to 600,000 students and the total is continuing to drop each year.
By joining this email group you will be receiving information on what is happening both locally and at the state level that is affecting Adult Education. Honestly, we are expecting most news will be bad UNLESS we act in a coordinated way to express to decision makers the importance of Adult Education and how their decisions are having detrimental effects on the program. We need your voice!
In these emails you will not only get the status of Adult Ed but you will also, at times, be asked to act. This could mean sending a letter to your representatives, calling their offices, attending a school board meeting or possibly traveling to the capital to voice your concerns and opinions directly to legislators while they meet in their committees.
The battle ground to save adult education continues to reside within the Legislature. Continue to make calls and send letters and emails to your legislators. Be sure to copy our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 866-941-5129 so we may present hard copies when lobbying the issue. Please encourage others to join the Supporters of Adult Education campaign to keep the pressure on the Legislature to save adult education.
CAEAA-CCAE Leg DAY
As we continue our efforts to secure the future of K-12 based adult education, it has never been more critical to have a strong presence and voice in the Capitol, Administration and Department of Education. In this regard, we hope to have great attendance at our legislative day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 19. We will be focusing our discussion with members on the AB 86 regional consortia effort at the local level and the critical nature of funding in FY 15-16 and beyond. Talking points are in the works and will be distributed ahead of leg day for use in Capitol meetings as well as your ongoing meetings in the district.
In order to ensure everyone is prepared and has an opportunity to ask questions and obtain necessary clarification on the issues, we will be holding a training session Tuesday, March 18 at 5 pm at the Hyatt across from the Capitol as well as doling out folders for the meetings. Wednesday morning at 8:30 am we will meet in the Capitol for last minute preparations as well as to honor a couple of highly supportive members and staff persons who have been critical in the success we've been able to achieve to date in stabilizing adult education.
Please be sure to work with your local CCAE leg chairs and colleagues to schedule your meetings ahead of time to ensure you have an appointment. To be clear, the state organizations will not be scheduling the meetings for you - that is a local responsibility.
We hope to see you on March 18 & 19 in Sacramento. Strength in numbers! More...
Making Reservations—A dedicated website is now available for you book rooms at the Hyatt Regency for CAEAA-CCAE Legislative Day on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
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The California Council for Adult Education invites you to register for the 2014 annual state conference that will bring together 300-400 adult educators. The conference will be held at the beautiful Bahia Resort Hotel, on Mission Bay, in San Diego, on April 24-26, 2014.
New Members Receive 50% Off Regular Membership Rates
Welcome to the 238 new members who enrolled this year. Our membership total is now 2,332, which is just 60 members shy of the total for all of 2012-13, and 300 shy of our 10% growth goal for 2013-14. Increased membership equates to increased strength in influencing the state budget, obtaining the assistance of CDE, developing legislation, providing staff development, and honoring excellence in teaching and support services. Spread the word to colleagues who have yet to join or renew. We need their support! Renew or join here.
CALPRO Opens Registration for "Teaching Critical Thinking" Online Workshops—Critical thinking skills are needed across the curriculum and in every subject area. They are survival skills in our complex world and needed for success in employment or further education. But how do we best teach these skills? More...
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