|Governor Releases May |
Governor Jerry Brown released his May Revise budget proposal outlining over $4 billion in additional cuts to close what's now deemed a $15.7 billion deficit (up from $9 billion in January). The cuts will largely be realized through reductions in state employee compensation, welfare, health care, higher education, courts, and other critical government programs. The budget proposal also continues to rely on the passage of the Governor's tax increase proposal in November. Failure to pass the initiative that would generate over $6-9 billion in additional revenue will result in over $6 billion in additional cuts that would go into effect on January 1st.
Despite intense opposition by categorical stakeholders, the Weighted Student Formula (WSF) remains a key component of the Governor's education budget proposal. However, the Administration has undertaken a few changes as follows:
- Base funding increase to $5,421 per student (formerly $4,920)
- Adjustment of grade spans to account for cost differences: K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12
- Reduction in weighting for ELL and low-income students to 20% (from 37%) and requirement to use the funds on those populations
- Retains school transportation and Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant funds as separate add-ons, but funding remains flexible
- Phase-in would be over seven years (previously five)
- Contingency for continued phase-in in FY 13-14 based on the creation of an accountability system through legislation to address school success indicators, professional development opportunities for teachers, college enrollment, employment rates, and more
While the Governor is continuing to push his WSF approach, the Legislature seems far less inclined to move such significant reforms at a time when schools are already struggling to make ends meet and are shutting down programs like adult education across the state. While the education funding formulas and calculations are often challenging to decipher, it appears that the WSF is merely a policy/structure reform that doesn't have savings associated with it. The savings in the K-12 budget comes from approaches like K-12 deferrals, elimination of transitional kindergarten, Prop 98 adjustments, Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) savings, and etc. The Administration doesn't appear to score significant savings (if any) with the WSF approach. In that respect, it's possible that the Legislature could take the other components, toss the WSF and move forward without a big loss of budgetary ground.
The ability to move adult education out of current flexibility (at any level), despite the Legislature's support for adult education and distaste for the proposed WSF, remains a significant challenge. The battle ground to save adult education continues to reside within the Legislature. Continue to make calls and send letters and emails to your legislators. Be sure to copy email@example.com or fax 866-941-5129 so we may present hard copies when lobbying the issue. Please encourage others to join the Supporters of Adult Education campaign to keep the pressure on the Legislature to save adult education as they make tough choices in the coming weeks.
For more information please refer to the May Revise Summary.
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Tips from CCAE Members
I have been visiting classrooms to promote the May 19th Northern Section mini conference, and to make sure that students know where to go for information on what's happening with Adult Education funding. The response has been incredibly positive, and teachers are using this as an opportunity for students to use some of the skills they've learned in EL Civics and Citizenship lessons in a real life situation. I've made sure that they know the discussions regarding Adult Education funding are happening now and that the time to act is now.
I encourage you to spread the word to your teachers and students directly. Email is great, but a face to face is much more effective. In the process, I've recruited several teacher and a number of students to become members of CCAE.
ˇIf Adult Education programs are important to you, now is the time to show your support - there may not be another chance.
ˇThere is strength in numbers. If everyone who cares about Adult Education stands together, we will prevail.
ˇAn investment in CCAE membership is an investment in your future. The cost of membership is much less that the price of attending community college courses if Adult Education classes are no longer available.
ˇLegislators count the number of letters they receive in support of a given issue, each letter represents the voice of a constituent and elected officials use that in their own weighted re election formulas!
ˇMany ESL, ABE, ASE and CTE classes that are currently available to Adult Education students are not available at the local community college and when they are, the cost a great deal more MONEY.
ˇYour adult school may not be directly threatened by the board with having adult education funds repurposed to other programs, but others nearby have already lost some or all of their funds.
Visit www.ccaestate.org for information on how you can help to protect the California Adult Education System.
Contributed by Dennis P. Flynn
President, CCAE Northern Section
______________________________________Critical Thinking vs. Manipulating Political Advocacy
A couple teachers have asked about "political advocacy" during class time... is it OK to have students sign petitions or write letters?
Circulating a petition? No. Having students sign letters they don't understand? No. (One of the ongoing challenges in adult education anyway is avoiding condescending activities that manipulate our students. We need to be careful not to replicate structures of privilege and cultural domination at all costs.)
That said, having a student study the issues that confront them, understand the state budget and what impact it has on them, critically thinking about how one's own situation is connected to that of others, and then reflecting on how to make your voice heard. This is pretty much exactly what EL Civics was intended to do, and in some places "writing letters" is what was the assessment of that EL Civics activity. There are schools that actually received "payment points" for writing letters to local representatives.
Don't shy away from facilitating learning. That's what a teacher does. This is, in my opinion, a powerful teachable moment.
Contributed by Bob Harper, Ed.D.
Membership Chair, CCAE Bay Section
|CCAE 2012 Conference, A Resounding Success!|Thank you to the dedicated volunteers, presenters, and exhibitors for making the 2012 CCAE State Conference a huge success! With representation and collaboration from high level regional, statewide, and local partners, a sold out exhibit hall, and state of the art presentations, this conference was truly fantastic! In addition, excellent keynote speeches were delivered by Fresno's Mayor Swearingin, CDE's Gordon Jackson, and Dawn Koepke, CCAE's legislative advocate. You can download Dawn's presentation and key note speech to share with colleagues that were unable to attend the conference.
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LinkedIn, Another Valuable Networking Tool
In addition to Facebook and Twitter, CCAE members now have another valuable tool for connecting to Adult Education colleagues by joining the
on LinkedIn. The formation of this group on LinkedIn gives Adult Education professionals throughout the state the opportunity to establish a professional network that can be used to promote adult education programs, provide a forum for discussion of topics of importance to the field, obtain and provide professional references, learn of new job postings in adult education, and much more.