Senate BillNo. 174

Introduced by Senator Liu

February 5, 2013

An act to amend Section 41976 of the Education Code, relating to adult education.


SB 174, as introduced, Liu. Adult education: apportionments.

Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state, and provides for their funding through, among other types of funding, the apportionment of state funds to local educational agencies in accordance with prescribed criteria. Existing law authorizes school districts and county superintendents of schools to provide specified adult education classes and courses that qualify for the apportionment of state funds from the Adult Education Fund.

This bill would recast and revise the list of classes and courses that qualify for this funding, and would specify that this funding could be claimed by high school districts, unified school districts, and county offices of education. The bill would include courses of preparation for the California High School Exit Examination and the General Education Development (GED) test among the courses qualifying for the apportionment of state funds. The bill would authorize the charging of a fee for adult educations courses when apportionment of state funds does not cover the cost of providing the course. The bill would prohibit the apportionment of state funds for adult education courses unless they are approved by the governing board of the local educational agency and receive annual approval from the State Department of Education.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 41976 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:



(a) For purposes of this chapter,begin delete the following classes end delete
4begin deleteand courses are authorized to be offered by school districts and end delete
5begin deletecounty superintendents of schools for apportionment purposes end delete
6begin deletefrom the adult education fundend deletebegin insert adult academic, workforce end insert
7begin insertpreparation, and civic engagement programs are authorized to be end insert
8begin insertoffered by high school districts, unified school districts, and county end insert
9begin insertoffices of education to claim apportionments from the Adult end insert
10begin insertEducation Fund, except as provided in subdivision (b). The primary end insert
11begin insertfocus of adult education is to provide for dropout recovery and end insert
12begin insertsupport the transition of adult students to postsecondary education,end insert
13begin insert training, and into the workforce. Adult education programs shall end insert
14begin insertinclude all of the followingend insert:

15(1) Adultbegin delete programs in parenting, including parent cooperative end delete
16begin deletepreschools, and classes in child growth and development, end delete
17begin deleteparent-child relationships, and parentingend deletebegin insert basic and secondary end insert
18begin insertacademic programs, including elementary basic skills and end insert
19begin insertsecondary courses required for the high school diploma, pursuant end insert
20begin insertto Section 51225.3, and dropout recovery. Courses under this end insert
21begin insertsection may include preparation for the California High School end insert
22begin insertExit Examination, the General Education Development (GED) end insert
23begin inserttestend insertbegin insert, or any high school diploma certification as approved by the end insert
24begin insertdepartmentend insert.

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25(2) Adult programs in elementary and secondary basic skills
26and other courses and classes required for the high school diploma.
27Apportionments for these courses and classes may only be
28generated by students who do not possess a high school diploma,
29except for remedial academic courses or classes in reading,
30mathematics, and language arts.

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31(3) Adult education programs in English as a second language.

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32(4) Adult education programs for immigrants eligible for
33educational services in citizenship, English as a second language,
34and workforce preparation classes in the basic skills of speaking,
35listening, reading, writing, mathematics, decisionmaking and
36problem solving skills, and other classes required for preparation
37to participate in job specific technical training.

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38(5) Adult education programs for adults with disabilities.

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P3    1(6) Adult short-term career technical education programs with
2high employment potential. Any reference to “vocational”
3education or programs in adult education means “career technical”
4education or programs in adult education.

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5(7) Adult programs for older adults.

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6(8) Adult education programs for apprentices.

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7(9) Adult programs in home economics.

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8(10) Adult programs in health and safety education.

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9(2) Education programs in English as a second language and
10citizenship preparation, including programs for immigrants eligible
11for educational services in citizenship, civic participation, and
12workforce preparation. These courses include the English literacy
13skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics,
14decisionmaking, and problem solving skills, and other classes
15required for preparation to participate in job specific career and
16technical training.

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17(3) Career technical education, including programs promoting
18a skilled workforce with high-growth and high-wage employment
19potential, leading to industry certifications, or that meet the
20required prerequisites and foundations for advanced postsecondary
21programs. These courses, developed within designated career
22sectors, shall incorporate academic, career preparation, and job
23readiness skills with possible apprenticeships or internships.

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24(4) Civic engagement programs, including specialized courses
25focusing on any of the following: issues of aging; assisting disabled
26adults to become self-reliant, productive, and effective community
27members; parenting and family literacy; health and financial
28literacy; and civic participation skills.

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29(b) Only the program curriculum incorporated within the
30programs described in paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive, of
31subdivision (a) may be funded from an apportionment from the
32Adult Education Fund.

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33(c) If an adult education course is not eligible for funding from
34an apportionment from the Adult Education Fund, or if such an
35apportionment does not cover the entire cost of providing the
36course, a fee may be charged to cover this cost.

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38begin insert(end insertbegin insertd)end insert No state apportionmentbegin insert for adult education courses or end insert
39begin insertclasses developed within programsend insert shall be made for any course
40or classbegin delete whichend deletebegin insert thatend insert is not set forth in subdivision (a).begin insert Further, no end insert
P4    1begin insertstate apportionment shall be made for purposes of this section end insert
2begin insertwithout the approval of the governing board of the local end insert
3begin inserteducational agency offering the course and the annual approval end insert
4begin insertof the department.end insert