Inspired by income inequities, in 2015 Governor Jerry Brown proposed a new adult education program as part of a statewide workforce initiative. Legislative leadership in both the state Assembly and Senate shared the same aims as the Governor, especially in regards to adult literacy, citizenship preparation, and employment training opportunities.
With the 2018-19 school year, California’s new adult education program is now in its fourth year of operation. The provisions governing the program were set forth in AB 104 (2015), and the governing provisions may be found in Education Code sections 84900 to 84920.
Since the enactment of AB 104 in 2015, a number of changes to the program have been enacted through state budget provisions or legislation. These changes are as follows:
Since the initial 2015 funding of this program, the state of California has now dedicated a total of $2 billion to its adult education efforts. It should be noted that this far exceeds what other states are directing to adult literacy and workforce training, regardless of proportionality.