By Susan Frey
State legislators are considering a bill that would boost funding for adult education by $250 million – reinstating funds that were diverted to K-12 schools during the recession, causing many adult programs to close or cut back the number of classes they offered.
“Every time I go back to my district, families ask when are the adult schools coming back, especially the English as a Second Language programs in local schools,” said Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, who has introduced Assembly Bill 1846 to increase funding. “There are 16,000 people on waiting lists for adult classes just in Los Angeles.”
Adult schools provide free or low-cost classes to Californians who are too old for K-12 schools but not academically prepared for community college, or who don’t qualify for skilled jobs. They serve immigrants, the unemployed, disabled adults, high-school dropouts and ex-offenders re-entering society.
Source: Bill would increase funding for adult education by $250 million | EdSource
The Solano Adult Education Consortium will hold its monthly meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. April 4 at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Bldg. 400, Room 414, in Fairfield.
The agenda for the meeting will include: 1) action item on direct funding 2) diploma program requirements 3) formalize changes to 2015-2016 plan 4) review of recommended changes for 2016-17 plan.
Solano County Adult Education consortium meetings are open to the public and interested community members are invited to attend.
Consortium members are: Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, Vacaville Education Extension Program, Vallejo Regional Career Center, Solano Community College, Benicia Unified School District, and Solano County Office of Education.
Source: Solano Adult Education Consortium meets April 4
By Susan Frey
California’s experiment in rethinking adult education can now be monitored through a website created by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
The LAO recently released the Adult Education Consortium Tracker, which provides demographic, funding and student enrollment data for 71 consortia made up of school districts, community colleges and other community agencies that serve adults. The website also gives background information and shows how each consortium’s demographics compare to the state.
The site includes an interactive map locating the 71 consortia, lists of training programs, their budgets and career technical information that used to be scattered across many sites, said Debra Jones, dean of the Workforce and Economic Development division of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.
via Website tracks state’s progress in providing adult education | EdSource.
The Solano Adult Education Consortium will meet Friday afternoon in Fairfield, it has been announced.
Members will gather at 2:30 p.m. in the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School Library, 900 Travis Blvd.
Agenda topics include 1) establishing position of transition specialist; 2) a review of progress on consortium objectives; and 3) a report on observations at the consortium plan reading conference.
Consortium members include Vacaville Education Extension Program, Benicia Unified School District, Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, Solano Community College, and Vallejo Regional Career Center.
via Adult ed consortium to meet Friday.
By Richard Bammer
The Solano Adult Education Consortium will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. today at Golden Hills School, 2460 Clay Bank Road school in Fairfield.
The meeting will focus primarily on a review of the county’s adult education one- and three-year plan and the consortium’s 2015-16 budget, Kay Hartley, project manager for the consortium, said in a press release.
After some discussion, consortium members will vote to approve the plans and the current year’s budget.
County adult education consortium meetings are open to the public, and interested community members are invited to attend.
via Solano adult ed leaders to meet today.
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Technology got a decent amount of attention Wednesday as the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School feted its 2015 graduating class.
Kris Corey, superintendent of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, snapped a picture of the graduates with a promise to post it to her Twitter feed.
Student speaker Latonia McGruder talked about society’s dependence on cellphones.
via Adult school graduation includes dose of technology.
By Susan Frey
The governor’s proposed budget, unveiled last week, allocates $500 million for an Adult Education Block Grant, with a provision that existing K-12 adult ed programs be funded for another year.
The new funding allows more time for recently formed local consortia of adult schools, community colleges and other organizations that serve adults to determine what programs their communities need, how they will be funded and who is going to provide them.
K-12 adult schools have been fighting for survival since the recession, when school districts were allowed to use funding formerly dedicated for adult schools for any educational purpose. Many districts, trying to minimize cuts to their K-12 programs, took advantage of this new flexibility and eliminated or severely cut funding to their adult schools.
via Governor’s proposed budget called “a gift” to adult education | EdSource#.VMF6jWctHGg#.VMF6jWctHGg.
By Kristen Pursley
In his 2013 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown included a provision to safeguard existing adult schools from further cuts and closures. The “maintenance of effort” clause mandated that school districts maintain their current level of funding for adult education for two years, during the formation of regional consortia, as outlined by Assembly Bill 86.
The maintenance of effort expires at the end of the current school year. Adult schools and community colleges are currently engaged in a regional planning process to create consortia between adult schools and community colleges, with the regions defined by community college districts. Brown has indicated that he intends to provide money for adult education through the regional consortia, although he has not yet spelled out how to do so.
via Adult schools need dedicated funding | EdSource.
By Susan Winlow
The Fairfield-Suisun Adult School for the second time in four years has received a Golden Bell award from the California School Boards Association.
The award “seeks to reward best practices in education by seeking out sustainable, innovative and exemplary programs that address the changing needs of students,” according to a press release issued by the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
It received the award specifically for its Kindergarten Readiness Roundup, which has taken place for the past two years. Pre-kindergarten children and parents take part in a round of activities that provide information to parents about the readiness of their children for kindergarten. The event also allows district staff to identify children who might need extra help when they begin school.
via Adult school receives award for student readiness program Daily Republic.
Letter to the Editor
I am attending the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School because after having a baby at a young age, it was extremely hard to care for my baby and not fall behind in school.
When I did not graduate because I was 42 credits behind, I went looking for alternative ways to get a high school diploma. When I found the adult school, it was a great way to get a diploma quickly at no cost. They have a graduation ceremony just like a high school. Although I missed out on a lot of the normal high school experiences, I won’t miss out on getting a diploma like everyone else.
via Adult school helps to get ahead Daily Republic.
By Irma Widjojo
The last adult graduate walked across the stage at the 2833 Tennessee St. courtyard Friday afternoon during the Vallejo Regional Education Center graduation ceremony.
About 80 graduated this year from the center, formerly known as Vallejo Adult School, and 33 of them chose to attend the ceremony, donning their blue caps and gowns.
The center has switched locations with Vallejo Charter School on Del Sur Street, just a few years after moving to the Tennessee campus, which formerly housed Springstowne Middle School.
During the commencement, three student speakers shared their life stories with the audience.
via Vallejo Regional Education Center graduates dozens – Vallejo Times Herald.
By Adrienne Harris
Kalia Wells could barely hold in the tears as she walked in procession Wednesday with her diploma in hand.
The 18-year-old had just switched her tassel with more than 100 other high school and GED graduates during the commencement ceremony for the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School at the Fairfield Civic Center.
“I worked hard,” Wells said during a photo shoot, surrounded by family members. She had been quick to shed the navy blue graduation gown for an orange-and-white-striped cocktail dress and was ready for the celebratory barbecue.
“Party at my house,” she said.
via Adult School sends off graduates Daily Republic.
By Lanz Christian Bañes
The Vallejo school board on Wednesday will consider the relocation of Vallejo Charter School to the Springstowne campus.
Vallejo City Unified School District officials said at a meeting last month that the move would benefit both the Vallejo Charter School, a K-8 school currently at an elementary school site, and the Regional Education Center (formerly the Vallejo Adult School) that now occupies Springstowne.
The Springstowne site at 2833 Tennessee Street was formerly the site of Springstowne Middle School. In 2011, the school board restructured much of the Vallejo City Unified School District, closing several schools and relocating Springstowne to the former Hogan High School campus, renaming it Hogan Middle School.
via Vallejo school board to consider switching charter, former adult school – Vallejo Times Herald.
By Ryan McCarthy
Soraya Olayiwola brought a blue blanket and a white folding chair when she arrived Sunday at 9:47 a.m. – first in line for the central service technician class at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
By Tuesday evening, about 40 others were waiting off Travis Boulevard near the flagpole in front of the school for the $800 class – which teaches sterile processing technology and infection control. It begins registration Wednesday morning, when 33 students will be able to enroll.
“I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do,” said Olayiwola, 19, of Fairfield.
via Days in line is par for this course Daily Republic.
by Kavitha Cardoza
Adults wanting to go back to school have the odds stacked against them. They juggle many responsibilities, there are long waitlists for classes and often there isn’t a connection between what they learn in class and the skills they need to get a job.
But a program offered in Washington state has been so successful in getting adult students into the workforce that more than 20 states are implementing the model. It’s called Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, better known as I-BEST.
via Adult Education: How To Translate Adult Education Into Job Skills : NPR.
By Susan Winlow
FAIRFIELD — Several parent and child eduction classes are being offered by the Solano Parent and Child Education program, located at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, 900 Travis Blvd.
Classes typically are for children up to 5 years old or for parents of children in that 0 to 5-year-old age range.
via Adult School introduces program schedule Daily Republic.
By Susan Frey
Ruth Dunn, 72, of Berkeley raises her hand during a current events class for older adults at the Jewish Community Center in Berkeley. Credit: Lillian Mongeau, EdSource Today
An effort to narrow adult education’s core mission is being met with resistance from advocates for older adult and parent education programs, which would lose funding under a budget compromise crafted by supporters of adult education and Gov. Jerry Brown.
“A lot of people think supporting older adult and parent ed programs is a lost cause,” said Kristen Pursley, who teaches English as a Second Language courses at West Contra Costa Adult Education. “But we think they are too important to give up.”
via Older adult and parent ed programs left out of adult education budget compromise | EdSource Today.
By Susan Frey
Advocates for adult education and regional occupational centers, which provide hands-on learning in specific careers, say they are satisfied that the language in the budget bills expected to be voted on Friday is strong enough to protect their programs for another two years. The legislators and governor did not mince words, they say, in requiring districts that currently have programs to fund them for two more years.
Dawn Koepke, a lobbyist for the state’s two adult education organizations, said it is clear that even if a district voted to close its program at the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year, it would be obligated to continue the program at its current funding level for two more years.
Adult ed, regional occupational center advocates satisfied with budget deal – for now | EdSource Today.
Once-threatened programs that prepare high school students for careers and adults for jobs or college appear likely to get at least a two-year reprieve under the compromise budget plan negotiated between legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown.
Under the compromise, districts that currently have adult education programs or are involved in Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, which provide hands-on learning in specific careers for high school students, will be required to keep their current programs for two more years, said state Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who was a key player in the negotiations.
via Adult ed, regional occupational centers, partnership academies get reprieve – by Susan Frey.
FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun Adult School is all about second chances.
For graduate John Boatright, his second chance came nearly three decades after trying to first earn a high school diploma. Boatright, 48, was honored with two awards Wednesday as he and fellow graduates celebrated earning their diplomas and GEDs.
via Adult school students take different routes to graduation.