End-of-Year Legislative Report on Adult Education

The end-of-year report on the implementation and effectiveness of the Adult Education Program - formerly the Adult Education Block Grant Program (AEBG) - in 2016-17 now is available online. 

Check out the report for state-level data on student enrollment, outcomes, skill gains, demographics and other data reported under the new adult education data and accountability metrics. In the 2016-17 program year, adult education programs in California served 695,162 unduplicated students, with the largest number of them enrolled in English as a second language/civics programs, followed by adult secondary education programs.

Adult Education Field Update Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget & AB 2098

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On behalf of CCAE and CAEAA, thank you for your engagement to help move adult education forward this year. We have made tremendous strides through the budget process this year and are excited about the prospect of moving forward our first policy bill in years. More specifically, the FY 18-19 budget included a number of the key asks we included in our priorities framework including:

  • $21.6 million to reflect a cost-of-living adjustment for 2018-19 and 2017-18
  • Renames the Adult Education Block Grant as the "Adult Education Program"
  • Includes trailer bill language providing a cap on the indirect rate that may be charged to an adult school or community college at 5% or less

Additionally, the Governor and Legislature included the following additional provisions:

  • As a condition of receiving state or federal funds, adult education providers must document that they are participating in their regional planning consortia and report adult education services and funding
  • $5 million for a data sharing platform
  • Additional budget bill language to require that up to $500,000 be used to contract with an external entity to survey adult schools on the fees being charged for different categories of courses, and an average per student cost of adult education
  • Trailer bill language to specify that adult education providers must assign statewide student identifiers (SSID) for students without social security numbers

Unfortunately, we were not granted additional funding above COLA in this budget cycle. There was appreciation expressed for the lack of growth in funding but given competing priorities and the fact that the Legislature doesn't feel as though adult education has sufficient data to demonstrate the need and outcomes associated with the funding currently in place, much less support the ask for new, additional funding. Also, not included was our proposal to include immigrant integration metrics in the adult education framework.

As you may know, the current adult education framework provides for academic literacy and career/workforce-based outcomes and metrics. The framework does not, however, provide metrics to measure progress and outcomes for immigrant and refugee students who may not have the competencies as of yet to measure up against those metrics. Adult schools already report such outcomes based on EL Civics; however, they are not currently recognized by the state. This leaves adult education providers without the tools to demonstrate to the state the great work they are doing with immigrants and refugees beyond strict academic literacy and workforce outcomes, much less recognizing metrics to substantiate the resources spent supporting these students. Additionally, as it relates to our push for additional funding for adult education overall, we are hindered by the inability to substantiate the need when current statutes do not officially recognize EL Civics metrics that demonstrate outcomes for these students. While these metrics are reported for the purpose of WIOA, they are not recognized nor used for state purposes.

Although the metrics were not incorporated as part of the budget, the administration indicated support for pursuing incorporation of such metrics as part of the policy process. As such, we moved quickly to identify an author and legislative vehicle in order to meet the legislative deadlines and have them enacted this year. Having worked with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) on the issue as Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education, we approached the member as well as Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, to carry the bill and were pleased to have them accept. In the last couple weeks, we gutted and amended AB 2098 to this end, and it is now moving forward in the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support. The next stop - Senate appropriations committee.

Over the course of the last year, in particular, there has been a lot of discussion, support, and concerns raised about incorporating such metrics and what they would entail. In this regard, we've developed the attached overview document that provides good insight into the metrics, EL Civics applicability and attempts to dispel concerns about their incorporation and the perception of additional work and responsibility. Additionally, we are working with the field and other stakeholders on further refinements to the bill to ensure a workable, seamless approach going forward.

We hope you'll join us in support of AB 2098. We'll continue to keep you posted on its progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns or if you would like additional information, please see the attached overview and feel free to contact me (here) to discuss further. Thank you!

Dawn Koepke 
Legislative & Government Budget Advocate
McHugh & Associates
dkoepke@mchughgr.com

AEBG Regional Consortium Data

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CCAE is compiling a directory of Adult Ed providers which will include primary contacts, program areas they deliver instruction in, and total number of students served. The goal is to strengthen local sharing of best practices by creating a directory of programs that is easy to use.

As you might remember, we had this before flexibility, and it was quite popular and useful. Complete the Adult Education Data form for your Adult Ed school to ensure it is included in the directory.  

If you need assistance, please contact membership@ccaestate.org to schedule an appointment with our dedicated staff who can help you or one of your lead staff complete the form in under 5 minutes. We appreciate your help with this important work!

Sincerely,
  
Steve Curiel  
CCAE President

President's Message

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As the president for CCAE I consider it a highlight and honor to have been a part of the 2018 CCAE Leg Day. Without a doubt the adult education voice was the loudest it has ever been in my 17 years of working in adult education. With hundreds of students and staff present at the rally, students across California who desperately need adult education services were well represented in Sacramento.

But this effort cannot end now; we must continue to engage our legislators, both in Sacramento and in their home districts. Make an appointment to either visit your legislator's home office or invite them to visit you at your school. Over the next two months it is critical that our legislators do not forget how important adult education is to a strong educational system that opens doors of opportunity to some of our neediest Californians.

Adult Learner, Jackie Euna Lheureux, Tells Her Story (San Mateo Adult School)

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My name is Jackie Euna Lheureux. I am an ESL student at San Mateo Adult School. I am the Day Student Council Vice President. I went to the California State Capitol in Sacramento to explain adult education with San Mateo Adult School Director Tim Doyle, staff Marina, Day Student Council Secretary Williams Avelino, Evening Student Council President Misael Turcios.

We left the school at 6:30 a.m. and then we arrived there at 9 a.m. We had meetings at the city hall with five different Senators' (Scott Wiener, Kevin Mullin, Marc Berman,  David Chiu, and Jerry Hill) legislative aides. We explained to them about adult education. First of all, how important  adult education is for immigrants. Secondly, how the adult school assists us  to go to college and find jobs. For example, students find their own skills to  study, learn how to fill out a resume, and practice interview skills for jobs. Thirdly, the school is  going to try a new system for education. For example, students  study computer in the computer class and then get credit from San  Mateo College. And finally, we talked to them about how the school needs more funding . Also, we talked to them about our story about how adult  education has influenced our living in the U.S. We hope they will understand our  intention and help fund adult education. I went to Sacramento two times - for CCAE Leg Day on Tuesday and Monday with San Mateo Adult School students. I saw many students want to participate of CCAE Leg Day. I think  that is a good idea to show them our opinion.

I think that next time we go to Sacramento, I am going to use a big voice to speak up for adult education. I will explain the opinions of other students to the legislative aides because I am the representative for the students. 

~Jackie and Day Student Council President, Wendy Samayoa, recently presented at the National COABE  Conference in Phoenix.

Being a Part of the Rally at the State Capitol

BY RIE SHINOHARA, STUDENT AT SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL

  Image by Cemile Ozturk, San Mateo Adult School student

Image by Cemile Ozturk, San Mateo Adult School student

When I first arrived at San Mateo Adult School, there were many new students in the lobby waiting to be registered. I could easily get in a class after I paid $30 fee for the semester. Later, the cost of going to this school became free, and one day, I heard that modern office technology classes became free, too. I thought that some people must have played an important role to waive fees from students; however, I did not think through how they did it. I assume that once students are in the school system, they take it for granted that their seats are secured and no further action is needed.

As I have worked as a volunteer to assist new student registration process for the last two years, I noticed how many people need more education to live in the United States. Last few semesters, classes got full quite quickly, and several of the scheduled registration dates were cancelled. There were waiting lists, and I knew some students who were dying to get into particular classes. I felt a growing need for adult education, and there was a chance to express my thoughts.

On April 9, I was at the capitol of the state, Sacramento. More than 50 students and some faculty members from San Mateo Adult School headed for a rally for adult education that was organized by the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE). Before the rally began, we were trying to witness the moment when assembly members declared that the week was Adult Education Week. Third floor was literally full of people who wanted to appeal their own needs, and I could not even see how the room legislators were in looked like. I later heard that the declaration was not made on that day because the legislators had too many items on their agenda.

Right outside the capitol building, with abundant sunshine coming down to us, the rally started. Groups of people from all parts of the state gathered to support adult education, and I was surprised by the number of people at the event. Many people held signs that said we need adult education. Some people were in scrubs, indicating that they pursue medical profession through adult schools. The group of us from San Mateo wore red clothes, like we do every Tuesday at the school to show adult education matters. Our presence at the rally clearly showed that there is a need for adult education.

It was so sunny that Kevin McCarty, an Assembly Member, asked if it was okay for him to come into a shade with those gathered. He actually benefited from the adult education system because he was short on credits to graduate from his high school. It was somewhat encouraging to me that someone who now works as a legislator took some courses at an adult school.

From the beginning of the event, I was standing by a woman who anxiously held a palm-sized handwritten script in a small red folder. I instantly sensed that she was going to present her speech. In fact, the woman, Margarita Lewis, from Castro Valley Adult and Career Education, was the last person to share her story after two men who also spoke about their appreciation for adult education. When her name was called, she left my side, hastily asking her friend to take a video of her speech with her phone. Having witnessed her nervousness, I felt closer to her than any other speakers who came to the podium. She spoke about her situation, her family, and citizenship class at the school, where she prepared for the citizenship test and also made friends. After her speech, participants enthusiastically clapped, and her friends at the school came to her and gave compliments and hugs.

The rally reassured those gathered that the state of California needs places for people to study for their next stage. Many people need English to live in their communities, while some others need high school equivalent degrees or practical career trainings. Adult schools can serve people with so many different goals. For example, the first speaker Joshua Lang studies at Inland Career Center after serving way over 10 years in a correctional facility. The second speaker Erick Salas wants to work at a court after finishing his court reporting course at Sacramento City Adult School. If it were not for those schools, people would be having difficulties going from one to another phase of their lives.

Having been a part of the rally, I feel that I deeply understand the need for adult education. That was my first time to see students from other adult schools and hear their stories. Also, I had never seen people who are in charge of adult education, such as Carolyn Zachry, the head of adult education for the California Department of Education, and Kevin McCarty. It is crucial to talk with those who have power to make difference in adult education so that schools have more budget to serve a wide range of students’ needs. I would like to encourage other people to come to the rally next year to experience the feeling of being the part of the effort firsthand.

California Adult Education Students Succeed Program

Do you know an adult learner who meets the following criteria? The nominee:

  • is an adult with significant life responsibilities, such as those related to employment.
  • has made positive contributions to the community as an adult education student and/or as a community member.
  • has established and met life goals as a result of attending an adult education program.
  • has improved the life situation of self/others as a result of learning experiences.
  • has overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue adult learning experiences.

Please consider nominating a deserving adult education learner for the California Adult Education Students Succeed Program, who will be honored at ACSA’s Leadership Summit in November. OTAN will produce a video that tells the learner’s story and highlights his or her accomplishments. In addition, OTAN will cover the cost of travel to the Leadership Summit in San Diego for the learner and the nominator, as well as tickets to the luncheon where the Students Succeed event will take place. This is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the great work going on at your adult education agency. The Nomination Form is online. On the website, click the Nomination tab at the top of the page. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, May 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Burik at (916) 228-2357 or aburik@otan.us.

We Need Your Help

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On February 9, President Trump signed a Continuing Resolution that includes significant increases in Non-defense Discretionary spending and offers the opportunity to increase funding for Adult Education, among other programs. Now, each Appropriations Committee must decide how to allocate its new funds. We believe that this is a unique opportunity to increase funding for Adult Education by $100 million (a roughly 17 percent increase) from about $582 million to about $682 million.

Please click HERE to write or to call your member of Congress in support of $100 million more for Adult Education. Three quick clicks is all it takes to raise your hand for Adult Education!

Advocacy Materials for 2018-2019

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To help you advocate for Adult Education as an investment in America’s future, California Council for Adult Education(CCAE) and California Adult Education Administrators Association (CAEAA) have assembled these advocacy materials. These materials should help you showcase your success stories, garner press coverage, and motivate stakeholders to support adult education by contacting their legislators.

AEBG Regional Consortium Data

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CCAE is compiling a directory of Adult Ed providers which will include primary contacts, program areas they deliver instruction in, and total number of students served. The goal is to strengthen local sharing of best practices by creating a directory of programs that is easy to use.
 
As you might remember, we had this before flexibility, and it was quite popular and useful. Please click HERE to complete the short form for your Adult Ed school to ensure it is included in the directory.  
 
If you need assistance, please contact membership@ccaestate.org to schedule an appointment with our dedicated staff who can help you or one of your lead staff complete the form in under 5 minutes.
 
We appreciate your help with this important work!

Sincerely,
  
Steve Curiel  
CCAE President