legislative update

Status of Adult Education in California

AB 104 Introduction

On June 24, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 104, the major education trailer bill that accompanied the state’s 2015‐16 state budget. This measure includes the section that defines the state’s expectations for its new Adult Education Block Grant program.

Learn More in the AB 104 Handbook (PDF)

This handbook provides a roadmap for both understanding the provisions of AB 104 as well as the initial expectations for the three‐year implementation plan. Additionally, this document provides the following summary of AB 104: overview; background; major changes to adult education; a summary of the AB 104 adult education provisions; actual language of relevant adult education/consortium provisions of AB 104; other AB 104 provisions that link to adult education; necessary initial actions that an individual consortium should consider based on the expectations of the state legislature and the Governor.

As background, Assembly Bill 104 is the major education trailer bill that accompanied Assembly Bill 93, the 2015‐16 state budget bill. AB 104 includes a segment on the enactment of the Adult Education Block Grant that represents the actualization of planning begun with the passage of Assembly Bill 86 in 2013. AB 86 provided $25 million to 70 consortia statewide to support the development of regional adult education consortium plans with a focus on expanding and improving opportunities for education and workforce services for adults.

Beginning July 1, 2013, K‐12 adult education programs were funded at the 2012‐13 level for two years. During this period, AB 86 consortia, consisting of school districts and community college districts, developed regional education and workforce service plans for adults. AB 86 also included the commitment of the state legislature to fund adult education at the conclusion of the planning period June 30, 2015.

The Adult Education Block Grant program in AB 104 represents the 2015/16 transition from the planning that took place with AB 86 to the actualization of a new California adult education program supported with $500 million, more than any other state in the nation.

In January 2016, Governor Brown introduced his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 with a recommended $500 million for the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG). In response, state legislators are considering adding to the proposed amount. The funding for the AEBG in 2016-17 will be better known after the May Revision of the Governor’s proposed budget, and its actual passage by June 15, 2016. Other than potentially more funding, it is predictable that the AEBG will remain as is except for an additional provision clarifying the need for public input as a consortium decides on programmatic and fiscal issues. As with the institution of other new state programs, the Governor and State Legislature are assessing the implementation of the AEBG with an expectation of modifying its provisions once needed changes are identified.

Continue to Major Changes   Learn More in the AB 104 Handbook (PDF)