State Budget Leads to More Cuts to Adult Ed Programs
Adult Education in Los Angeles has been much in the news as the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school board struggles to come up with a balanced budget for the coming year. The school board voted on March 13 to completely eliminate adult education in Los Angeles if the worst case scenario state budget comes to pass, meaning no additional state funds and no tax increases approved by voters in November. The fate of LA's Division of Adult and Community Education (DACE) is significant to the entire state, as the district has served approximately 350,000 students annually, a larger adult education population than that of all but three states, and by far the largest program in California.
Points of Entry Project
The Points of Entry (POE) Pilot (www) was launched in partnership with the US Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) and the Open Society Foundation. The project aims to promote the development of career pathways and transition programs for low-skilled adults, 6th to 8th grade level equivalent (GLE), and prisoners in re-entry at 6th to 12th GLE. Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) and Elk Grove Adult and Community Education (EGACE) have received funding to develop or enhance programs and services, providing target populations with the training, education, and support services necessary to achieve industry-recognized credentials and sustainable employment.
CA Budget Update - FY 2012-13
Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on January 5, 2012. The budget provides a plan to close a $9.2 billion deficit for the 2011–12 and 2012–13 fiscal years through a combination of program reductions and reforms and revenue increases. The budget proposal assumes voter approval in November 2012 of the Governor's proposed initiative to temporarily increase income and sales taxes.
The California Department of Education (CDE) fiscal policy staff has prepared a letter (www) which provides information on the Governor's proposals that affect K-12 education and child development programs. Although Adult Education is not mentioned in the letter, the status of funding for K-12 is relevant for Adult Education.
Read the rest of this article, with links to the letter and other documents, in CA Budget Updates on OTAN.
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