When Gov. Jerry Brown presented his budget plan in January, he proposed several changes to school funding that many educators have described as bold and ambitious.
Among these are proposals to fund schools based on their numbers of English learners and low-income students.
But adult education officials are far less excited about Brown’s plan to shift control of their programs from K-12 school districts to community colleges.
Brown proposes $300 million for the transition, which would occur over seven years, and $15.7 million for occupational programs. Funding would be allocated from a block grant based on the number of students served.
Leaders from Watsonville/Aptos Adult Education and Cabrillo College say the plan, called the “Adult Education and Apprenticeship Realignment,” is unrealistic and would place the burden for adult education in a system not equipped to handle it.
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