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CAEAA-CCAE Legislative Day

Make your plans to join us, in Sacramento, for CCAE's Leg Day Event, beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Members and students will be converging on the Capitol to speak with their local legislators. Great news for CCAE Leg Day this year: Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 on Education Finance, at our request, has set their adult education budget hearing for March 24th—the same day as CCAE Leg Day at the Capitol! The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m., so we will be foregoing our plans to do a convening and training that morning. Plan to be in Sacramento by Monday afternoon, in order to participate in the training that begins at 4:00 p.m. Click here to view the Leg Day video.


CAEAA-CCAE Legislative Day is sponsored by Burlington English and GED Testing Service

CCAE Leg Day Talking Points

In the coming weeks leading up to Leg Day at the Capitol, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the following key talking points related to the Governor's FY 15-16 Budget proposal. This time is a great time to ensure all members are properly educated as we move through the legislative budget process and ultimately to a vote of the full Legislature in June. As we've discussed previously, there are over 35 new members to quickly educate and catch up to speed on our issues and budget priorities.

Key Issues

  • A Dedicated, Stable Funding Structure for K-12 Adult Schools
  • upport for a Transition Year - Maintain Current K-12 Capacity
  • Utilizing Existing State Fiscal Infrastructures to Apportion Funding
  • AB 86 Plans Inform & Drive Funding

The focus of your meetings should be as follows:  

  1. Educate them on who you are (K12 Adult School) and how you contribute to their district and constituents
  2. Provide brief history on funding for K12 adult education:
  3. Share your current status, AB 86 Consortium engagement & your AB 86 regional plan, explaining it from the K12 perspective - sharing positives as well as challenges
  4. Make "the Ask"

"The Ask"
 
Support the Governor's Plan in Maintaining & Stabilizing K-12 Capacity with a Transition Year-Extension of the Maintenance of Effort / Maintenance of Capacity

  • Maintenance of Capacity Funding for K-12 Out of FY 15-16 Allocation
    • Roughly $300-350 million of the $500 million Adult Education Block Grant
  • Helps avoid March 15th layoff notices, provides stability and avoids closures of adult schools because it helps provide greater certainty for school districts in planning their budgets for the FY 15-16 school year
  • The calculation of maintenance of effort, however, must reflect the school district's commitment to true capacity and maintain that capacity. The MOE calculation is complicated. The DOF shouldn't "low ball" the number for MOE based upon accounting anomalies - (i.e. a Basic Aid district's apportionment that is reduced by fair share hit, and that difference is backfilled by reserves or district general fund) - districts shouldn't be penalized.

The Governor's Proposal does NOT utilize existing Fiscal Infrastructure to Allocate Funds - Instead, We Propose a Perkins Model Distribution of Funding - CDE Allocation to K-12 Districts through Interagency Agreement w/ CCCO

  • Ensures K12 adult education remains tied and accessible to the community we serve
  • Maintains the autonomy of School Boards of Education
  • Why reinvent the wheel - the structure already exists without adding to the bureaucracy and delays that could compromise a school district's receipt of funds to support maintaining its adult school
  • Doesn't compromise local decision making through the regional consortia

While we support the concept of the Allocation Committee proposed by the Governor in that it ensures involvement of key community stakeholders serving adults, we do not believe the manner in which the Allocation Committee is structured is workable.

  • It calls in to question the autonomy and governance of school boards and community college boards.
  • Further, it suggest potential for encroachment of funding for non-Prop 98 entities when there isn't sufficient funding to cover access through the current Prop 98 providers.
  • As an alternative, we propose that a Regional Control and Accountability Plan (RCAP) be developed within each consortium that provides for criteria that must be addressed in the planning and allocation decision-making process to ensure access is maintained, needs are met, and accountability is addressed. Such a model would include a metric to ensure / require regional stakeholder engagement as part of the planning and allocation process.

Immigration Reform and Adult Schools
K12 Adult Schools have always supported immigrant integration as a core mission.  Adult schools are often the first public institution immigrants interact with, offering flexibility and access, with roots deeply planted in immigrant communities.  As Comprehensive Integration Reform moves forward, adult schools will be instrumental in meeting the immigration requirements (educational and informational) of an estimated 3.1 million eligible Californians for whom federal reforms grant temporary relief from deportation.  Adult schools have always been agile enough to meet the needs of the immigrant community and can move quickly to ramp up programming to meet the need.

 

Legislative Day Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is sold out. 

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, California 95814


Legislative Day Schedule

CCAE State Awards Committee Meeting
Monday, March 23, 2015
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

CCAE and CAEAA Legislation Day Training
Monday, March 23, 2015
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. 
Sacramento, California 

CCAE and CAEAA Legislation Day Adult Education Hearings and Appointments
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Between 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sacramento, California 

CCAE and CAEAA Legislation Day Debrief (Hyatt Regency)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sacramento, California


Organize Your School Team

It is recommended that your team consist of a good representation of administrators, teachers, classified staff and students.  If there is another adult school in your area represented by the same legislator(s), please be sure to contact them to coordinate your visit and to schedule a joint meeting with your legislator(s).  Be forewarned that the Capitol can be very busy with many visitors and other advocacy groups.  Representatives’ offices (many if not most) are typically small and it can get quite crowded when more than 4 or 5 people are seated with a legislator and/or their staff in a small office! 


Recommendation

When considering prospective school representatives, make sure they are constituents of your local legislators.  Also, students who have transitioned from program to program in your school (example:  ESL to ABE to CTE) or who are about to complete a program and join the workforce (such as a CTE student), are all great candidates.  They need to be articulate but their English certainly doesn’t need to be advanced.  If your student representatives are Citizenship Prep students who are in the process of being naturalized or have become citizens, so much the better!  They should prepare (but not overly rehearse) what they want to share with their legislator, focusing specifically on how your adult school program is helping them achieve their personal/family, educational and/or professional goals.  

If this is a first-time visit to the Capitol for any of your team and you have time between your appointments with legislators, it is recommended you plan an informal tour of the Capitol together.  Both the Senate and Assembly Chambers (galleries) should be open and accessible without a Capitol tour guide.  If time allows, you may want to consider a free guided tour.  


Schedule Senator and Assembly Member Meetings

Make appointments to meet your State Senate and State Assembly representatives on Tuesday, March 24th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  If your representative is not available to personally meet you, ask to meet with their point-person on educational issues.  This staff person is tasked with keeping your representative up-to-date on all educational issues, often making recommendations on what position should be taken on them.  To make your appointments, contact your representative’s scheduler.

To find your state senator and their contact information, go to www.senate.ca.gov. Go to the “Find My Senator” hot link in the middle of the home page to fill in your address, city and zip code. 
 
To find your state assembly member and their contact information, go to www.assembly.ca.gov.  Scroll down to the bottom left of the home page to find the following links:  “Find My Representative” and under this, “Assembly Roster”, “By Your Address” or “By Your District.”

Reminder:  Make sure you and your neighboring adult schools, if represented by the same legislators, are not scheduling two separate meetings with the same legislators!   


LEG DAY—Tuesday, March 24, 2015 

Presentation Folders:  Each member of your team will receive a folder containing the CAEAA-CCAE 2015 talking points prepared by our CAEAA-CCAE Legislative & Budget Advocate, Dawn Koepke.  “Meeting with your representative” tips will be shared at the Monday night training.
 
Each team will also receive a presentation folder prepared specifically for each legislator.  The contents of these folders will be the same as yours with the exception of evaluation forms we provide for you to fill-out at the conclusion of each meeting with legislators.  Include in your evaluation, any recommended follow-up to be done with legislators.  Your CAEAA and CCAE Leg Chairpersons will review these with Dawn Koepke to determine next steps.   
 
Note:  In between legislator meetings, we informally camp-out (no space or room is reserved) in the cafeteria of the Capitol in the basement.  There is a gift shop in the basement as well.  Lunch is on your own but the HYATT has a wonderful luncheon buffet.  
 
Afternoon:  As meetings wind-down in the afternoon, all are encouraged to return to the HYATT meeting room (School Room) for a de-briefing and sharing-out from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  It is at this time that the evaluation forms will be collected and your suggestions for the next Leg Day in 2016 will be solicited.   

Happy planning and see you at the Capitol in Sacramento Monday, March 23rd and/or Tuesday, March 24th!