Leadership magazine Nov/Dec 2015 V45 No 2 - Page 12

Revitalizing Adult Education Programs TO BENEFIT THE DISTRICT School districts are in an especially unique position to look toward AEBG funding as an asset to better serve students, parents and their communities. 12 Leadership On July 1 of this year, the gover- nor and Legislature restored $500 million to revitalize adult schools in California through the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), Assembly Bill 104. The effort begins to make up for the billions in cuts to the 5 million California adults in need of Adult Education services, including basic skills, English as a Second Language, high school diploma or equivalency, and Career Technical Education. Through AEBG, these new dollars can be used in addition to any current funding school districts provide through the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plans, as well as other resources. AEBG is in every region of California and requires a community college district and school districts within those boundaries to participate in order to receive funding. It is the intention of the governor and the Legislature that AEBG funding will be ongoing, leading to a re-imagining of what Adult Education can look like in California. Now is the right time to look at what Adult Education can do for school districts. According to AB 104, AEBG funding can provide: 1) Programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including programs leading to a high school diploma or High School Equivalency certificate; 2) Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, ESL and workforce preparation; 3) Programs for adults – including, but not limited to older adults – that are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce; 4) Programs for adults, including older adults, that are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to By Christian Nelson