The Alliance for California Adult Schools believes in lifelong learning that is accessible to everyone. K-12-based adult schools offer every adult community member the chance to better his or her life at a cost he or she can easily afford -- in a classroom conveniently located near where they live or work.
This website is dedicated to all who believe that everyone deserves not only a chance, but also a second chance.
* Student Success Task Force - Changes in Commuity College System affect Adult Education also - CCs are part of the new Regional Consortia system
* Affordable Housing - Policy & Info - Because cost of housing affects where people live, particular people with fewer resources. Changes in cost of housing can predict where Adult Ed will be needed in the future.
In a nutshell, after studying the proposal and deciding what we like, don't like, and don't understand about it, we go to our Legislators.
They will not be seeking us out. We need to seek them out. That's how the system works. We elect them to represent us. Thousands of us. And when we want them to do something on our behalf, we need to go to them and explain what and why.
Some legislators are newly elected and may not know much about Adult Education, K12 Adult Schools, the Regional Consortia system, how Flex devastated Adult Education and Adult Schools, and how the Mission of Adult Education was narrowed through budgetary policy.
It is important that we connect with every legislator to make sure they understand
* the importance of K12 Adult Schools and Adult Education
* the importance of a funding structure that is strong, fair, equitable, and includes sticks and carrots to promote good behaivor.
* state funding for Parent Education, Older Adults, Financial Literacy and Home Economics will end in 2015.
(The transition year funding outlined in the Governor's Budget Proposal could possibly fund these programs. It's unclear.)
What you focus on in your talk with your legislator is up to you. Your experience, needs, and wisdom matter. Share what you know and what you want with the legislator or their aide. Find out what they know and need to know in order to make good decisions. If possible, provide them with helpful information. Some will already be supportive but need information to convince their colleagues. Some may not be supportive and need evidence in order understand the value of Adult Education and necessity to support it financially.
You can drop in the Legislator's District Office or you can call beforehand and make appointment. When you call:
1. Introduce yourself as someone who lives, works, or goes to school in that district. 2. Speak clearly and not too fast. 3. Say that you would like to speak with the lawmaker, or somebody in his/her office, about adult education.
You can say something like, "Hi, my name is _________, and I would like to speak with (lawmaker's title & name, e.g. Senator Lee or Assemblymember Lee) about Adult Education."
Before your visit, you can read or print out the NLLB one-sheet (THIS SHEET NEEDS TO BE AND WILL BE UPDATED) to bring with you and give to the legislator or their aide or you can bring your own material to share with them.
Going in a group - students, alumni, teachers, community members - is powerful and helpful. Each person can speak about what they know best.
If you are comfortable doing so, please take a photo at your visit and send it to Alliance4CAS@gmail.com so we can share it on social media.
After your visit, you can fill out this survey. We will post infomation about how many legislators were visited, etc.
Democracy only works when we work it. And this is how it works:
We elect people to represent us. These people make laws and approve budgets. To do a good job, they need to know what we want, need, and know. We can tell them this by calling them on the phone, sending them letters or emails, or in person through a visit. The last way is the most powerful because we are people and face to face contact is the most powerful way people can communicate.
Each of us has a lot of power. Together, we are even more powerful. Together, we can save and strengthen Adult Schools so that they can save and strengthen Californians.
January 9 - Friday. The AB86 Workgroup declares Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal for Adult Ed "a victory for Adult Students across California." The proposal includes 500 million in an Adult Education Block Grant. To ensure stability, K-12 Adult Schools will continue to be funded at MOE levels for 1 more year. After that, a new system of local allocation boards would determine how much money goes to each local school. Click here to a summary of Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal for 2015-16 for more details. The Adult Ed info is on page 24.
Note: Many of the conventions and conferences have early bird rates and some have scholarships. Follow the links for more information on how to attend as cheaply as possible. Crowdfund if need be but make sure someone from your area is going and representing K12 Adult School needs and interests. Adult Ed is the stepchild's stepchild. If we're not at the table, not only will we be shut out of connecting and decision-making, we may end up on the menu. So if you care about K12 Adult Schools, attend or help someone else attend!
Past Events (When trying to understand "how we got here," it's helpful to be able to look back at a timeline of events.)
Sept 27th:CFT Adult Ed Commission meets at the San Jose Marriot. Many Adult Ed teachers - on both the Community College and K-12 Adult Side, belong to CFT. All CFT members can attend the meeting. Only representatives from each Local can vote. Unions work democratically and this is how they work: Locals send representatives to these Commission meetings. Representatives can bring resolutions to the meetings. The Commission will vote on them. If they pass through the Commission, they move up to the Executive Council. If you belong to CFT, you can find who will represent you at this meeting and if they are going. You can attend a meeting of your Local beforehand to decide what your AE Commission Rep should bring up at the meeting for discussion.
2 Regional Consortia Planning Leaders: one representing a member Community College District and one representing a member School District
2 Faculty Members/Teachers: One from a Community College District and one from a School District.
Oct 23 - 26: 2014 Annual CATESOL Conference in Santa Clara. There will be an Adult Ed Discussion Group at this meeting. Additionally, Student Leaders from San Mateo Adult School will present a workshop on The Power of Student Leadership at the conference. All conferences are a chance to meet and network with other Adult Ed and Adult School folks, as well as with folks from outside those communities. It is important to connect with as many people as possible in this work to save and rebuild Adult Ed in California. Everyone needs to understand the situation that Adult Schools are in. And everyone can contribute to turning the situation around.
3. Various Spring dates UTLA's Movement for the Schools LA Students Deserve. UTLA is a hybrid union representing LAUSD teachers, including Adult School teachers. UTLA members can belong to either or both CFT or CTA. The UTLA Adult Education Committee is specifically focused on Adult Ed. UTLA and UTLA Adult Ed have a variety of events planned this spring. Check their calendar for details.
6. March 20 - 22 CFT - California Federation of Teachers - Convention in Manhattan Beach, Southern California. CFT - California Federation of Teachers - represents a variety of teachers (University, Community College, K12, Adult School, Pre-school, Charter, etc.) along with classified staff and school nurses. Several resolutions regarding Adult Education will go to the floor for a vote at the Convention.
CCCO - California Community College Chancellors Office.
CCAE - California Council of Adult Education. CCAE is the only organization which includes everyone - admin, teachers, students, staff, community. Membership fees vary accordingly. CCAE strongly advocated against the push to submerge all Adult Education inside the Community College system and is currently strongly advocating for secure funding for K12 Adult Schools. The Legislative page of the CCAE website contains a record of this advocacy as well as the latest updates, strategy recommendations and the Call to Action Webinar. CCAE Legislative Analyst Dawn Koepke attends all hearings pertaining to Adult Education, leads the annual Leg Day, and advocates for K12 Adult Schools.
Teachers Unions Not all Adult Education teachers are unionized but some are. There are 2 main teachers unions in California: CFT - California Federation of Teachers and CTA - California Teachers Association. CFT is the daughter of AFT - American Federation of teachers. CTA is the daughter of NEA - National Education Association. CFT has a range of teachers and staff- Early Childhood Ed, K12, Classified, Community College, K12 Adult School, etc. CTA also has a wide range of teachers and staff. Adult Ed Teachers in Los Angeles - the biggest Adult School in the State - belong to UTLA. UTLA is associated with both CTA and CFT. UTLA Teachers can beong to one or both of the larger unions. Both unions operate democratically. Locals have elected officers and there are elected officers on the state and national levels, as well.
CFT - California Federation of TeachersCFT has teachers who work both at K12 Adult Schools and in non-credit Adult Education programs at community colleges. CCSF in San Francisco is a good example of the latter. Both K12 Adult School and Community College Non-Credit teachers are on the Adult Ed Commission, which is the main vehicle for addressing Adult Ed issues in the union. The AE Commission meets 3 times a year. The next meeting is in Sept of 2014. Any CFT Adult Ed member can attend but only AE Commission Reps can vote. Locals send reps and through the reps, can send resolutions which are voted on by the AE Commission and can then move forward to be voted on by delegates at the state convention. CFT has pushed for teacher inclusion in the Regional Consortia process and for keeping the mission full - maintaining state funding for the ten programs listed by CDE as Adult Education. CFT Legislative Analysts have attended hearings on SB 173 and Jeff Freitas, Secretary Treasuer of CFT, spoke at the Oversight Hearing on Adult Education in January, 2014. The CFT webpage includes a brief on recap on what happened to Adult Ed in California and a link to it was featured on the main webpage.
Note about both CFT/AFT and CTA/NEA: Many changes are taking place in both CFT and CTA from the ground up. You can learn more about this from the Network for Public Education or by doing an Internet search for "Chicago Teachers Union" or "Common Core and the Unions" or "Change from the Ground up in Teachers Unions" or anything similar. At the same time, there are many changes going in the larger world in which teachers unions operate, including strong anti-union sentiment and efforts to break unions of all kinds, the Vergara Decision and the anti-tenure movement, not to mention arguments over Charter Schools, Common Core, and how much to fund (or not to fund) education. Huge pressures - both inside and outside unions - are catalyzing fast and deep change.
CATESOL- California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. ESL - English as a Second Language - is a large part of Adult Education. This organization is focused on how to do that as well as possible. With the devastation to Adult Ed in California, conferences now generally include information about this situation and how to respond to it.
* Torlakson vs Tuck for CDE Superintendent. Torlakson has stood up for K12 Adult Schools in the past. Where does he stand now? Where does Tuck stand? FYI: Tuck is the son of a retired K12 Adult School teacher - but don't assume he that means he will stabilize or support public Adult Education or K12 Adult Schools. Find out where Torlakson and Tuck stand. Contact their campaigns and ask them hard and specific questions. Torlakson. Tuck.
Be sure to check the NLLB, Resources, and Stats & Facts pages for more information to help us return strong K12 Adult Schools to the people of California.