AB 86 provides planning grants
After vociferous protest from faculty, Gov. Jerry Brown compromised on his original plan to shift all Adult Education programs to community colleges by supporting AB 86, which calls for community colleges to work with at least one K-12 district and set up coordinated Adult Ed programs in the next two years.
The 2013-2014 State Budget appropriated $25 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to allocate funding for two-year planning and implementation grants. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of developing regional plans for adult education.
Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86) outlines expectations for consortium development as well as planning and implementation requirements to establish the Adult Education Consortium Program. The intent of AB 86 is to expand and improve the delivery of Adult Education –via these consortia –with incremental investments starting with the 2015-16 fiscal year.
“I hope all of our chapters and districts take advantage of the $25 million in grants that is available for this purpose,” said CCA President Lynette Nyaggah.
As part of the implementation process, a series of Town Hall Meetings on the Adult Ed Consortia were scheduled around the state in which stakeholders provided testimony and comment.
Faculty input needed
CCA Secretary DeWayne Sheaffer and Nyaggah attended the Town Hall in La Puente on Oct. 28 and emphasized the importance of faculty input from both instructional faculty and counselors for the development of these grants.
Administrators from Santa Ana College, Mt. San Antonio College, Rio Hondo, Citrus, North Orange, San Bernardino, Imperial Valley and Riverside attended the southern California Town Hall. One of the issues they raised is whether a college district can create a consortium with a K-12 district in another district’s attendance area.
“Right now, there are no faculty, either K-12 or community college, on any of the decision-making bodies listed on the AB 86 website,” Nyaggah said. “The Department of Education and the Chancellor’s Office need to hear us say that faculty must be involved since we are the ones who will live with these decisions in our classrooms.”
Nyaggah has requested that faculty let their CCA board members and leaders know of any discussions taking place regarding Adult Ed Consortia on their campuses.
For more information, see http://ab86.cccco.edu.