California Adult Education
California has the opportunity to re-envision and redesign the adult educational system. The California Department of Education and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) are working together to establish linkages for students across their systems that provide adults with the academic and career skills needed to enhance student success. To this end, the legislature and Governor have put in place unprecedented indicators of California’s commitment to improve adult education in the state.
AB86 provided $25 million to 70 consortia statewide to support the development of regional adult education consortium plans that focus on expanding and improving opportunities for education and workforce services for adults. From July 1, 2013 - July 1, 2015, AB86 consortia, consisting of k-12 school districts, community college districts, and other partners developed regional education and workforce service plans for adults. AB86 also included the commitment from the state legislature to dedicate funding to adult education at the conclusion of the planning period, June 30, 2015.
The intent of AB 86 is to better position California-via these consortia-for incremental investments starting with the 2015-16 fiscal year to expand and improve the provision of adult education. The 2013-14 State Budget appropriated $25 million to the California Community College Chancellors Office (CCCCO) to allocate funding for two-year planning and implementation grants. The funds were provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of developing regional plans for adult education.Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86), authored by the Assembly Committee on Budgets (Chapter 48, Statutes of 2013), outline expectations for consortium development as well as planning and implementation requirements to establish the Adult Education Consortium Program.
On June 24, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed AB104 into law; the major education trailer bill that accompanied the state’s 2015-16 state budget. This measure includes a section that defines the state’s expectations for the new Adult Education Block Grant program. This document provides a roadmap for understanding both, the provisions of AB104 and the initial expectations for the three-year implementation plan.
AB104 includes a segment on the enactment of the Adult Education Block Grant that represents the actualization of the planning that began with the passage of Assembly Bill 86 in 2013. 2015-16 was the year marking transition from the planning that took place with AB86 to the actualization of the Adult Education Block Grant program, addressed in AB104. The state of California has dedicated $500 million to support this program, more than any other state in the nation.