After a several year hiatus, the Galt Adult Education program could be reactivated under new state funding.
Galt Joint Union High School District Superintendent Matthew Roberts said the district is working to bring in any new funding for adult education, which would restore the program and possibly expand career-technical education classes at the high school level.
As part of this, the district is working with San Joaquin Delta College to bring a campus closer to Galt to develop what Roberts termed partnerships that lead adult learners to success.
“We are very pleased to see adult education potentially back on the funding schedule and look forward to continuing to serve the adult needs of the community,” Roberts said.
Two years ago this month, the district began dismantling its Adult Education program when the board voted to lay off its eight part-time hourly Adult School teachers and reduced the hours of its full time administrator due to the governor’s proposal to shift adult education to the community college system.
At the time, Gov. Jerry Brown had made clear in his 2013-14 budget that he wanted to shift adult education programs from K-12 districts like GJUHSD.
Under a proposal for the 2015-16 state budget, Brown plans to establish the Adult Education Block Grant Program, could distribute an estimated $500 million among 70 adult education regional consortia in the state, according to Roberts.
Galt is a member district of the Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium, formed following last year’s Assembly Bill 86. That legislation called on community college districts and school districts to come together to streamline and improve services provided to adult learners.
The governor’s budget language divides the state into adult education regions, and CAERC is one of the 70 regions. Its partners include social services agencies, the Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento Employment Training Agency, California Human Development and apprenticeship programs.
As a consortium, GJUHSD has been developing a regional plan to submit to the state for future funding under AB86, Roberts said.
For now, the district plans to closely watch the state’s May budget revision and June state budget to see the actual level of funding available.
If fully funded in the final upcoming state budget, the district would receive a grant of about $130,000, according to Roberts.
The base adult education grant will help the district restore adult programs that were previously unfunded such as its GED program, as well as add new sections, primarily with CTE and certificate programs.
Going forward, and beginning in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the state controller would have to appropriate any funds approved by the state Legislature for the program to the consortia, he said.
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