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Save Adult Education by Remaining Vigilant Against the Weighted Student Formula

Dear CCAE members, 

As we’ve discussed, we’re continuing to work every angle to defeat the weighted student formula (WSF) and save adult education in this budget cycle.  While we’re hearing from a number of members, staff, and education stakeholders that the WSF will not be part of the budget deal this year, I believe we must remain vigilant in our opposition to it.  As you know, the final deal is ultimately determined by the Big 5 – or at least the Senate President, Assembly Speaker and Governor.  In this regard, it is conceivable that horses could be traded and the deal could move forward with some caveats (i.e. extended implementation date, an accountability measure (something like it has been authored by Steinberg), and etc.).  This said, we believe we should continue to convey the serious dangers with the WSF and its effective elimination of adult education. 

While advocating against the WSF is important, we obviously need to be working a positive angle that provides a path forward for the Legislature to consider.  We’ve talked for some time about AB 18 serving as that vehicle.  At this time, however, it still remains unclear whether it is viable in the bigger budget and reform context.  Nevertheless, CAEAA and CCAE are working on language derived from an early version of AB 189 that would provide the basis for a solution to flexibility and the continued decimation of adult education across the state.  The language will serve as a general framework for offering to the Legislature and Governor to provide a path forward and a compromise given the current economic realities.  In theory, it would provide for a base level of funding and a hold harmless provision for adult education based on FY 11-12, with a process to gradually restore and bring adult education out of flex entirely heading in to FY 14-15 (the official end of flexibility). 

To be clear, this approach isn’t a sure thing.  While we have a number of champions in the Legislature, it has been difficult to obtain commitments relative to adult education, WSF, and flexibility overall.  Within the coming week, we will be updating our grassroots effort to reflect this approach and offering with the Legislature.  We commend the CAEAA and CCAE memberships as well as all adult education students and supporters for stepping up in such a strong way over the last month.  We will need to continue to keep the pressure on as budget negotiations heat up further and likely go behind closed doors as the Legislature grapples with closing a $15.7 billion deficit by June 15th. 

Finally, we have been in discussions with stakeholders from the business community and labor to ensure that their understanding and messaging of how adult education fits in to their efforts regarding apprenticeship, career tech, and etc. are clear and inclusive of the need to save adult education to support their programs.  The feedback and interest has been very positive.  We will be collaborating more fully as negotiations and efforts move forward.

Also please note below at L.A.'s adult schools, a chance at transformation:

Stay tuned….

Dawn Koepke
McHugh, Koepke & Associates
1121 L Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814


Reaction to the Governor's May Revise

May 18, 2012

With the release of the Governor's May revise proposal Monday, the Senate and Assembly have begun scheduling hearings to review the revised proposals.

In this regard, Senate Budget Sub#3 (Education) met this morning to hear from the Administration, Finance, the LAO and CDE about the Governor's revisions to the Weighted Student Formula (WSF) and block mandates proposals. In addition to attendance by Senator Rod Wright and Chairwoman Carol Liu, the committee hearing hosted Senator Mark Leno - Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Senator Leno had the opportunity to take a deeper dive in to the Governor's proposals, ask questions and hear directly from stakeholders regarding the concerns with the proposals.

The public comment portion of the hearing was diverse in comments, but not as lengthy as has been characteristic of prior hearings - likely due to the expedited nature of scheduling the hearing post May Revise. Nevertheless, categorical interests made a strong showing with adult education receiving support from ACSA's representative and the business community who also cited the need to protect other programs like apprenticeship as well.  CAEAA and CCAE were both represented through comments I provided to the Committee to continue to hammer on the devastation related to flex (current) and what would be cemented under the WSF.  Further, I noted the need to take a closer look at and have an in-depth discussion about what both have/would do to adult education and other adult-related programs for those students who would not otherwise have a seat in the classroom. This comment, in particular, was an effort to highlight and promote comments made by CDE about the need to consider the cuts to programs like adult education and the devastation flex has wreaked to date.

Additionally, the ever thought-provoking Senator Wright challenged the Administration, Finance and LAO about whether throwing money (at any level) guarantees success of a K-12 student. He argued that external familial and economic pressures often impact and are the driving factors in whether a child will do well in school versus having all the school resources possible. I suggested that many of these external factors can be addressed - at least in part, if not all - by adult education and the opportunity it provides those parents.

In closing, I echoed comments made by CDE about AB 18 as an alternative that gets to a lot of the similar goals and approaches of the Governor's plan. The difference, I noted, is that it acknowledges that adult education should be treated differently—similar to Preschool under the Governor's WSF, which they've indicated would not be consolidated as "it is not a K-12 program." How can the Administration suggest there is a justifiable difference between excluding preschool on these grounds, but not adult education?

Again, Chairwoman Liu was sympathetic and nodding her head through my comments. In a side bar conversation post-hearing, she indicated she does understand the desperate need to do something for adult education and offered a glimmer of hope into helping the field in some way as we move forward in the budget process. We will be attempting to capitalize on this opportunity and other potential angles we're working as we move forward in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned for more information...

Dawn Koepke
McHugh, Koepke & Associates
1121 L Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 930-1993
(916) 930-0580 Fax


Governor Releases May Budget Revise

Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revise budget proposal outlining over $4 billion in additional cuts to close what's now deemed a $15.7 billion deficit (up from $9 billion in January).  The cuts will largely be realized through reductions in state employee compensation, welfare, health care, higher education, courts, and other critical government programs.  The budget proposal also continues to rely on the passage of the Governor's tax increase proposal in November.  Failure to pass the initiative that would generate over $6-9 billion in additional revenue will result in over $6 billion in additional cuts that would go into effect on January 1st.

Despite intense opposition by categorical stakeholders, the Weighted Student Formula (WSF) remains a key component of the Governor's education budget proposal.  However, the Administration has undertaken a few changes as follows:

Base funding increase to $5,421 per student (formerly $4,920)
Adjustment of grade spans to account for cost differences: K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12
Reduction in weighting for ELL and low-income students to 20% (from 37%) and requirement to use the funds on those populations
Retains school transportation and Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant funds as separate add-ons, but funding remains flexible
Phase-in would be over seven years (previously five)
Contingency for continued phase-in in FY 13-14 based on the creation of an accountability system through legislation to address school success indicators, professional development opportunities for teachers, college enrollment, employment rates, and more

While the Governor is continuing to push his WSF approach, the Legislature seems far less inclined to move such significant reforms at a time when schools are already struggling to make ends meet and are shutting down programs like adult education across the state.  While the education funding formulas and calculations are often challenging to decipher, it appears that the WSF is merely a policy/structure reform that doesn't have savings associated with it.  The savings in the K-12 budget comes from approaches like K-12 deferrals, elimination of transitional kindergarten, Prop 98 adjustments, Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) savings, and etc.  The Administration doesn't appear to score significant savings (if any) with the WSF approach.  In that respect, it's possible that the Legislature could take the other components, toss the WSF and move forward without a big loss of budgetary ground.

The ability to move adult education out of current flexibility (at any level), despite the Legislature's support for adult education and distaste for the proposed WSF, remains a significant challenge.  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 membership@ccaestate.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 as they make tough choices in the coming weeks.

For more information please refer to the May Revise Summary. 

Contributed by,

Dawn Koepke
CCAE Legislative Advocate


CCAE STRONGLY OPPOSES the Governor’s Weighted Student Formula

We Need your Immediate Assistance!  Please Submit your Letter of Opposition Today!

Sample Opposition Letter

As you may know, the Governor’s proposed Weighted Student Formula (WSF) would consolidate most categorical programs and would no longer provide funding for adult education as it would all be consolidated and provided to districts on a weighted basis for K-12 students only.  This ultimately leaves adults in need of basic skills, GEDs, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, short-term career technical training, and more without any options.  The populations most affected by this will be underserved and disadvantaged adults who are in desperate need of these services. 

With the Governor set to release his May Revise Monday, May 14th and the Legislature gearing up to make decisions related to the future of adult education as it relates to the WF budget proposal, the next few weeks will be critical to sustaining adult education in California.  It is essential that our voices be heard in Sacramento.


Get Involved! Contact Your Legislator Today!

Identify Your Legislators (Senate & Assembly) 

***Important to note that in order to find “your” legislators (Senate & Assembly), you must enter your HOME address. (This information will not be collected or retained; it is just purely to correctly identify who your representatives are based on your voting address.)

Opposition Letters—Send Immediately! 

Please mail, email and fax letters to your Assembly and Senate Representatives urging them to oppose the Governor’s Weighted Student Formula and to protect adult education. In addition to sending letters, please place calls and schedule meetings (member or staff) to discuss the importance of protecting adult education and our opposition to the Governor’s proposed budget plan. Please ask your staff, family, friends, students and more to also send letters and place calls.

CAEAA and CCAE have prepared a sample letter for ease of use.

Sample Opposition Letter

We encourage you to personalize the letter with your district-specific impacts and perspectives.

Be sure to copy membership@ccaestate.org or fax a copy to 866-941-5129 so we may present hard copies while lobbying the issue. 

We greatly appreciate your help generating as many letters, calls and meetings as possible. In order to prevent the passage of this harmful proposal that will ensure the elimination of adult education in California, it is critical that you take action and fast! Thank you for your time and assistance on this important matter.

Be sure to let as many people as possible know about the option to join the fight to keep funding in adult education.

Additionally, the following members are members of the various ethnic caucuses who have long been champions for adult education and those that rely on our programs and services. For those of you within the following members’ districts, CCAE encourage you to double your efforts.

Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Chair
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi
Assemblymember Mike Eng
Assemblymember Paul Fong
Senator Ted Lieu
Senator Carol Liu
Assemblymember Fiona Ma
Assemblymember Richard Pan
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada
Assemblymember Das Williams

Legislative Black Caucus
Senator Curren Price, Chair
Assemblymember Mike Davis
Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
Assemblymember Isadore Hall
Assemblymember Steven C. Bradford
Assemblymember Sandre Swanson
Senator Rod Wright

Latino Legislative Caucus
Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, Chair
Assemblymember Luis Alejo
Assemblymember Michael Allen
Assemblymember Charles Calderón
Senator Ron Calderon, Vice Chair
Assemblymember Nora Campos
Senator Lou Correa
Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo
Senator Kevin De León
Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes
Senator Ed Hernández
Assemblymember Roger Hernández
Assemblymember Ben Hueso
Assemblymember Tony Mendoza,
Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod
Senator Alex Padilla
Assemblymember Henry T. Perea
Assemblymember John A. Pérez
Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez
Senator Michael J. Rubio
Assemblymember Jose Solorio
Assemblymember Norma J. Torres
Senator Juan Vargas

Strength in Numbers!


The Value of Adult Education in Rebuilding California—The Economy, Public Safety, Families, and Our Communities

With the intense focus on deficit reduction in California as a result of year-over-year budget shortfalls, the very real economic benefits derived from the state's public investment in adult education and workforce development programs have been overlooked and decimated. Numerous studies have shown that even in difficult economic times a preemptive focus on adult education actually saves governments money be reducing societal healthcare, public assistance, and incarceration costs. Adult education also improves and expands the nation's available pol of human capital by increasingly high-tech and global job market. Adult education and career technical training are potentially the most cost-effective tools the state has to recover its economic health.

In 2012, the Alliance of Excellent Education (AEE) released a report that analyzed the effect of educational achievement on the local economies of the 45 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. In this report, AEE found that if only half of the dropouts from the Class of 2008 in these metropolitan areas had managed to graduate, they would have contributed the following additional combined economic benefit to their communities during an average year:

$4.1 billion in additional earnings, compared to their likely earnings without a diploma;
• An additional $2.8 billion in spending and $1.1 billion in investments;
• They would have purchased homes worth $10.5 billion more mid-career than they would have been able to buy as dropouts, and spend an additional $340 million on vehicle purchases each year;
• Their additional spending and investments would have likely generated 30,000 new jobs;
• State and local tax revenues in each of the areas would have increased as a result of this increased economic activity—an additional $536 million in an average year.

Adult education is an investment that can help recapture some, if not all, of these potential losses. Further, adult education is an investment in the future of our state, as research shows that better educated parents raise better educated, more successful children, who are less likely to end up in poverty or prison.

Dawn Koepke
McHugh, Koepke & Associates
(916) 930-1993


Fate of LAUSD Adult Education on Hold after School Board Defers Budget Vote

February 27, 2012—The Argonaut
By Gary Walker

David Hudak says he would not be able to afford the course that he is taking at the Venice Skills Center at another school. (Argonaut photo by T.W. Brown)

An amendment by school board member Steve Zimmer to push back an impending vote by the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education on its 2012–13 budget plan has temporarily placed on hold the possible elimination of adult education.

LAUSD officials notified educators and the school district’s Division of Adult and Career Education last month that schools like the Venice Skills Center could have their funds taken away due to the district’s massive budget shortfall. “Having made systematic and significant cuts in programs and personnel over that period, and with no additional revenues forthcoming, I, and the Los Angeles Board of Education, are left with no choice but to seriously consider massive reductions in critical areas, including arts programs for elementary school students, adult education, and early childhood education,” LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement. “We must do all that we can to preserve (kindergarten) through 12 class size at acceptable levels for next year.”

The plan that was offered at the Feb. 14 meeting included the termination of funding for adult education, early childhood education and arts education at the elementary school level in order to reduce the deficit. Hundreds of supporters of the arts and continuing education programs rallied outside the district headquarters and spoke before the school board, imploring them to consider the fallout from effectively closing down adult education classes.

After listening to the public, Zimmer—who represents schools in Mar Vista, Venice, Del Rey and Westchester - proposed his amendment to move the date of adopting the budget to March 13.



Adult Education on LAUSD Chopping Block

February 11, 2012—Daily News Los Angeles
By Barbara Jones

Call it a school for second chances.

High-school dropouts can go there to earn a GED or diploma. Veterans, laid-off workers and young adults with vocational aspirations can learn a trade. Immigrant parents can acquire basic English and math skills so they can help their kids with homework.

At nearly three dozen adult education and occupational centers operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, nearly 300,000 students are enrolled in low-cost programs designed to help them better their lives.

Their fate now lies in the hands of the school board, which is set to vote Tuesday on a budget that would cut the program and divert most of the $200 million in state money earmarked for adult education to ease the district's $557 million deficit.

Their fate now lies in the hands of the school board, which is set to vote Tuesday on a budget that would cut the program and divert most of the $200 million in state money earmarked for adult education to ease the district's $557 million deficit.

While LAUSD leaders say they desperately need the money to fund core programs at K-12 campuses, adult education advocates say the program is essential to building an academic support system for LAUSD parents and training a skilled workforce for Southern California.

"Los Angeles Unified is the perfect storm," said Chris Nelson, president of the 3,000-member California Council for Adult Education. "Ending all services for 300,000 students will have a huge impact -- not only on the students, but on the community."

There is no easy solution to the quandary facing the school district, which is wrestling with how to balance the $6 billion budget for 2012–13.

Californians Together: Championing the Success of English Learners (PDF)
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (PDF)


Legislative Update from CCAE State President, Chris Nelson

January 25, 2012

Hello Everyone,

I want to give you an update about legislation.  The Governor has proposed his budget and there are many questions about how adult education will survive in his proposal.  Our wonderful Legislative Advocate, Dawn Koepke indicates that at this point, it makes sense not to  speak on behalf of CCAE but of your own interest.  According to Dawn, CCAE’s statewide advocacy on this issue is being handled in a much more methodical and conscientious manner until we have clarity and, hopefully, an alternative to offer.   If you are attending the CAEAA conference, she will be presenting there.  Also, she will be participating in our Leg Committee meeting on Friday and providing an in person report on Saturday at our full board meeting.

She also believes that it is okay for members to raise their concerns with Legislators, as individual adult educators and administrators, about Adult Education potentially being included in the Governor’s consolidation proposal; the potential for us to oppose such an approach; and noting the lack of clarity with the proposal and whether or not Adult Education is indeed included will help generate additional buzz as we move forward with our advocacy.  It will create a buzz about Adult Education that lets members know that their constituencies are watching this piece closely and will hopefully provide us some added momentum to resolve the issue to our favor.  

Also, we have put together a spot bill for adult education that Assemblymember Mike Eng will support.  We are looking forward next week to all of you meeting Dawn and helping her to create a more fully developed bill. 

Chris Nelson
CCAE State President
Administrator, Adult & Career Education
Oakland Unified School District
2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Office: (510) 273-2300 Fax: (510) 452-2077

Does California Adult Education Disappear with Governer Brown's Weighted Student Pupil Funding Proposal?

January 24, 2012

The 2012–13 Budget proposal recently released by the Governor’s Office contains a recommendation to institute a weighted student funding proposal that further expands flexibility. To quote the Governor’s preface on the education section of the budget:

“The Budget dramatically increases flexibility and local control by consolidating the vast majority of categorical programs (excluding federally required programs such as special education) with revenue limit apportionments into a single stream of funding for schools on a permanent basis.”

The Proposal: This Budget proposal would codify permanently the categorical program flexibility provisions that are due to end in fiscal year 2014–15. The weighted student formula proposes to provide K-12 education funding equally to all districts, and add funding to address the needs of low income and English learner students. At this point Adult Education is in the formula and would lose its distinction. Districts would have discretion on funding categorical programs consolidated into the formula.

The Governor’s staff has announced that they will be examining the use of greater accountability to assure that student needs are being addressed. Legislative provisions on the weighted student formula may be available in early February.

Recent analyses indicate that the Governor’s proposal may not succeed this year because some districts will lose funding while others would gain. However, it is possible that the formula provisions could be enacted into law with a hold harmless provision, and be implemented when state revenues increase.

Timeline: State budgets annually are subject to a process that includes the following steps:

  1. January 10th: Governor introduced the budget for next fiscal year (July to June)
  2. February: Legislative Analyst Office comments on the budget
  3. Feb., March, & April: Legislative committees review and act on the proposed budget. On February 16th, the Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to a hearing on the Education provisions of the budget.
  4. May 15th: Governor and legislature make adjustments based on updated state revenues
  5. June 15th: Deadline for the legislature to approve a balanced budget.
  6. June 30th: Deadline for the Governor to approve a budget for the next fiscal year.

Web Information: State budget information at http:/www.dof.ca.gov/.  The weighted student formula is described pages 139–140 of the Budget Summary document.

Brown Administration's Budget Builds Upon Current Flexibility

January 15, 2012

Governor Brown released his FY 2012-13 budget last week that assumes a $92.5 billion General Fund spending plan ($137.33 billion total) with a $9.2 billion deficit to be addressed through $4.2 billion in cuts, $4.6 billion in tax and revenue raising proposals and $1.4 billion in fund shifts and restructuring.  Following the path of the 2011-12 budget package, the proposal calls for some additional restructuring and the downsizing of government agencies and programs.  New revenues in the form of legislative tax increases are not included in the proposal; however, the balance relies on additional revenues to be generated from the hopeful success of a November ballot initiative that would raise the projected $4.6 billion from temporary increase to higher income earners and a ½ cent sales tax increase.  Much like last year, the proposal calls for additional “trigger” cuts that would be enacted should the passage of the November revenue proposal be rejected.  The additional trigger cuts would total ~$5.4 billion and would largely be focused on K-14 education, higher education and park closures, among others.

Specific to education funding, the budget builds upon flexibility granted to schools in recent years and gives significant decision-making authority to local school districts. The Brown Administration believes California’s school finance system has become too complex, administratively costly and inequitable.  Furthermore, the Administration is concerned that many program allocations have been frozen and no longer reflect demographic and other changes. To remedy these concerns, the Administration is proposing to roll forward FY 11-12 funding levels to FY 12-13 for each program and district followed by a five-year phase-in period toward a singled weighted student formula block grant comprising both revenue limit and flexed categorical funding.  The formula will purportedly distribute these combined resources to schools based on weighted factors that account for the variability in costs of educating specific student populations, thereby ensuring that fund will continue to be targeted to schools with large populations of disadvantaged pupils (ESL, etc.).  More specifically, it would include a weighted student formula that would provide for per-student funding targets based on a per-student amount that incorporates a “concentration grant” philosophy, meaning that at-risk students pose a greater and costlier challenge when they are the majority of students in a school, rather than a minority. 

Ultimately under the proposal, all of the programs that would be replaced by the formula would be immediately flexible for use in supporting any locally determined educational purposes.  The proposal would also be paired with accountability measures that would be the basis for evaluating and rewarding school performance.  The measures would include quantitative, test-based accountability measures, along with locally developed assessments and qualitative measures of schools.

In instituting these changes, the Administration believes it will increase transparency and help to facilitate greater and more informed involvement of parents and community members in local school financial matters.

Obviously the proposal raises a number of questions and serious concerns for the adult education community.  The California Council of Adult Education (CCAE) and California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA) are working vigorously to chart a path for adult education through the budget morass.

Stay tuned…
Dawn Koepke
Legislative Advocate
McHugh & Associates
1121 L Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 930-1993
(916) 930-0580 Fax

Update on Important Information Regarding Adult Education

November 4, 2011

American Jobs Act
A few weeks ago, the American Jobs Act was brought to the Senate floor where it died quickly. The only way both Democrats and Republicans envision passing job-spurring legislation is in piecemeal form—taking apart the American Jobs Act and voting on various aspects of the bill separately.

The Pathways Back to Work Fund, a program included in the American Jobs Act designed to meet the needs of unemployed, low-skilled workers, includes adult education activities as an allowable use of funds, in addition to other activities that support education and training opportunities for unemployed, low-skilled adults and youth.

However, no one in Congress is talking about the Pathways Back to Work Fund as one of the individual measures that should be debated and passed. We need you to call your U.S. Senators today to change that conversation to include introducing and passing the Pathways Back to Work Fund.

Action: Tell Senators to urge inclusion of the Pathways Back to Work Fund as part of any jobs legislation moving forward.

Click here to quickly locate your Senators’ contact information.

WIA Reauthorization
WIA Reauthorization has not seen significant movement since June 2011, when the Senate HELP Committee staff released a discussion draft for feedback from advocacy groups. Mark up on the Senate draft, originally scheduled for June 2011, continues to be stalled over an issue in Title I related to the Workforce Investment Boards’ composition.

However, recently WIA—or at least discussion of adult education and workforce development—has shown a bit of movement in the House. On June 16, 2011, Congressman Hinojosa (D-TX) reintroduced the Adult Education and Economic Growth (AEEG) Act, and on October 4, 2011, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), held a hearing on “Modernizing the Workforce Investment Act.” The hearing was focused on Title I and workforce training. Overall themes from the witnesses’ included: 1) giving more flexibility to workforce development programs while still requiring accountability; 2) eliminating government bureaucracy; and 3) focusing on meeting the needs of local business.

Even though this was a hearing focused on Title I, Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) began his remarks by emphasizing the need for adult education and literacy, continuing to advocate for the important need for these services. See it on You Tube: http://bit.ly/n1qbDi . Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) commented, “We need to strengthen and fund both the workforce training and adult education systems in order to create jobs.”  While discussions continue about WIA reauthorization at the Committee level, it is unclear as to whether or not a draft bill will be introduced this fall or if it will be pushed aside once again as the Committee refocuses its attention on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act.

Action: We need to keep House Members, especially those on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, informed of our WIA reauthorization priorities and latest adult education and literacy facts to ensure we are at the table during their ongoing discussions. If you have a House Member on this Committee, you should contact him or her and update your Member on your community’s adult education successes and needs:



Congressman, George Miller
Seventh Congressional District

Concord Office
1333 Willow Pass Road, Ste. 203
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 602-1880
Fax: (925) 674-0983


Congressman, Buck McKeon
25th District of California

Santa Clarita Office
26650 The Old Road
Suite 203
Santa Clarita, CA 91381
Phone: (661) 254-2111
Fax: (661) 254-2380

Congresswoman, Lynn Woolsey
6th Congressional District

Marin Office
1050 Northgate Drive Suite 354
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 507-9554
Fax: (415) 507-9601

Congressman, Duncan Hunter
52nd Congressional District

El Cajon Office
1870 Cordell Ct, Ste 206
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 448-5201
Fax: (619) 449-2251

Congresswoman, Susan Davis
53rd Congressional District

2700 Adams Avenue
Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92116
Phone: (619) 280-5353
Fax: (619) 280-5311




Adult Education and the WIBs: An Opportunity for Partnerships—Legislative Update

October 20, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will require local workplace investment boards (WIBs) to channel at least one quarter of their funding towards programs that will teach the unemployed the new skills needed for the changing US economy and job market. Currently, California receives up to $500 million in federal funding every year. In 2016, the percentage of mandatory funding for job training will increase from 25% to 30% annually.

The bill, SB 734 (DeSaulnierD) includes Adult Education and literacy programs as part of the "job training’ component", IF combined with occupational and job readiness training. While job training programs are currently part of the services and programs offered through many WIBs, the average amount spent on job training is about 20% statewide. Many WIBs now focus on getting people back to work quickly by building resumes, practicing interview skills and intensive job searches.

The rationale behind this funding change is the recognition that many workers lack the basic math, reading and higher level skills needed to be successful in today's more demanding, and higher paying, job market. While opponents of the bill question whether the unemployed can afford to spend time in training programs, proponents believe that the longer-term benefit of raising the skill level of workers will have a more lasting and productive impact on for individuals, and on the economy in general.





Legislative News

June 1, 2012—Save Adult Education by Remaining Vigilant Against the Weighted Student Formula...More

May 18, 2012—Latest update from CCAE Legislative Advocate, Dawn Koepke...with the release of the Governor's May revise proposal Monday, the Senate and Assembly have begun scheduling hearings to review the revised proposals...More

May 15, 2012—Governor Releases May Budget Revise...More

May 7, 2012— CCAE Strongly Opposes the Governor's Weighted Student Formula. Get Involved Contact Your Legislator Today...More

April 17, 2012— "When you cut adult education, when you close down LAUSD's adult education program, which is the largest and most successful job retraining program in the western United States," Fletcher said. "It's like asking the recession to last a year longer in L.A. It's foolish, it's very foolish."...More

April 17, 2012—The impact of LAUSD sweeping ALL the DACE money will impact every adult program in the state that receives 231 Federal Funds...More

April 17, 2012—Can You Please Provide Additional Clarification on AB 189, Public
Hearings, and the Impact on Tier III Flexibility?

April 16, 2012—Tax initiatives being circulated for placement on the November state ballot. Both measures are important to raising revenues for public education, including Adult Education...More

March 14, 2012—Los Angeles Unified Budget Would Close All of the District's Adult Schools...More

March 10, 2012—The Value of Adult Education in Rebuilding California—The Economy, Public Safety, Families, and Our Communities...More

February 23, 2012—Why AB18 Should be Supported by Adult Educators..More

February 23, 2012—Vital Student Programs may be Sacrificed on the Altar of Flexibility...More

February 11, 2012—Adult Education on LAUSD Chopping Block...More

February 10, 2012—A Message from the California Department of Education: Elimination of Adult Education Opportunities...More

January 28, 2012—Adult Education on L.A. Unified's Chopping Block, Read the full article in the Los Angeles Times...More

January 25, 2012—Legislative Update from CCAE State President, Chris Nelson...More

January 24, 2012—Does California Adult Education Disappear with Brown's Weighted Student Pupil Funding Proposal?...More

January 15, 2012—Brown Administration's Budget Builds Upon Current Flexibility...More

December 13, 2011—Department of Finance Trigger Cuts...More

December 8, 2011—Final Draft of Adult Education Strategic Plan is available: Linking Adults to Opportunity: Transformation of the California Department of Education Adult Education Program (PDF)

November 30, 2011—Legislative Advocacy Changes for CCAE...More


State legislative committee

Joanne Durkee, Chair
Bay Section
Mt. Diablo Adult Education
1266 San Carlos Avenue
Concord, CA 94518
(925) 798-7340

Vittoria Maghsoudi
Bay Section
Mt. Diablo Adult Education
1266 San Carlos Avenue
Concord, CA 94518

Lariann Torrez
Central Section
Tulare Adult Education
575 West Maple Ave., Tulare, CA 93274
Work: (559) 686-0225, Fax: (559) 687-7447, Cell: (559) 920-0664

Phil Dwyer
LA Metro Section
717 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-7151
(231) 626-4487 (Fax)

Candace Lee
LA Metro
LAUSD-Metro Skills Center
2801 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(323) 567-5603
(323) 567-7990 (Fax)

Cris Johnson
Northern Section
Sacramento City Adult Education
5241 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 452-1431

Mike Neary
San Bernardino Adult School
1200 N. E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92405
(909) 388-6000



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