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Eng Proposes Adding Adult Education Funding

  • By Staff Reports
ALHAMBRA - Returning adult education programs to local school districts is at the top of Assemblyman Mike Eng's legislative agenda for 2011.

Eng (D-Monterey Park) is proposing a bill that would require school districts receiving funding for adult education expend at least 65 percent in core programs to help adult students get a high school diploma, improve literacy, and learn specific jobs through technical career education programs.

"We need to ensure that adult students in California gain the critical educational skills necessary to succeed in a competitive job market," Eng said.

Last year, many school districts, such as the Alhambra Unified School District, canceled adult education programs because state legislation gave them that option, Instead, funds were funneled into regular kindergarten to high school programs to save teacher jobs, Eng said.

"The Alhambra School District is ground zero in the battle to safe adult education," said one adult school educator who spoke at Eng's recent press conference on adult education.

She said that adult educational programs in Alhambra and Montebello previously served 50,000 students.

"But last year that all changed because the Alhambra School District cut its adult education program by 95 percent," she said." The impact of this cut on the Chinese, Latino and Vietnamese communities is enormous. And similar cuts are happening in other school districts throughout the state."

Eng also announced several other proposed assembly bills involving public safety, API, or academic performance index, data disaggregation and acupuncture practice inclusion in health care insurance plans.

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