Budget subcommittee rejects Brown's bid to shift adult ed

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 - 8:11 am

An Assembly budget subcommittee voted Tuesday to reject Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to shift adult education responsibilities from K-12 school districts to the California Community Colleges system.

The $300 million shift is part of Brown's proposal to change how schools are financed through a new formula that provides more money to at-risk children and gives school districts greater control.

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, chairwoman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, said she is concerned Brown's proposal for adult education would result in additional cuts. She said the consensus of the committee – it was a bipartisan, unanimous vote – was that the proposal needed to be sent back to the drawing board.

"We want to send a message that adult education needs to be rebuilt," Bonilla said. "But we don't want to in any way lead to further undermining of those programs."

Call Melody Gutierrez, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow her on Twitter @melodygutierrez.

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