The joint CCAE and CAEAA Legislative Team is reaching out to give you this brief Legislative Update with the hope that you will be able to join us at the Virtual CAEAA Conference on February 3rd to get more details.
Governor’s January 2023-23 Budget Proposal
As you are probably aware, the Governor recently published his proposed budget for 2023-24 on January 10th , as required by law. The Governor faced the challenge of proposing a balanced budget that reflected a $22.5 billion dollar deficit! Fortunately, with a combination of strategies that included tapping into the rainy day fund, spending reductions, and fund shifts the proposed budget includes an 8.13% COLA for Adult Education, the same as LCFF. Considering the challenge of addressing such a large deficit, we are thankful to receive a COLA (proposed) equal to our K-12 districts.
LAO Report: Redesigning California’s Adult Education Funding Model
In this report, the LAO took a deep dive into Adult Education funding, both Adult Schools and Community Colleges. The report includes a fairly accurate account of how both systems are funded and points out both positive and concerns in the overall approach to funding. In short, the need for some change is made clear and we have known this for quite some time, although we might not necessarily agree on what that change should be. Before commenting on what we like and do not like about the proposal let me first summarize what we see the main components of the proposal are.
Key components of the proposal are:
Overall, we appreciate the proposal as one that has the intent of making the CAEP program more accountable to the students we serve. To that end, we feel the proposal does the following:
Where we have some concerns at this time:
At this time, we continue to receive feedback from the field and plan to do so even more at the Virtual CAEAA Conference on February 3 rd . We recommend members to register for the conference to hear from State level stakeholders and collaborate on next steps for a new funding model proposal.