June 30, 1992 to July 1, 1995
Adult Education Act, P.L. 100-297 as Amended by the
National Literacy Act, P.L. 102-73
California Department of Education
Specialized Programs Branch
Youth, Adult and Alternative Educational Services Division
This Plan includes a variety of methods to increase the number of participants who are typically underserved, as well as efforts to increase the number of agencies and organizations that contribute to developing higher levels of basic skills in the population. For example, community-based organizations that have been certified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and have already demonstrated capability by delivering a large percentage (47%) of ESL and Civics instruction to tens of thousands of Amnesty applicants are prime examples of the expansion potential available to the State's delivery system.
Under the Local Assistance Grants program, there is a feature which contributes to increasing the number of organizations providing education to functionally illiterate adults. The grants program has been set up as an entitlement program, wherein all agencies that currently have Adult Basic Education (ABE) and/or English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs may apply for and receive supplemental grants so long as eligibility criteria are met. The grant program is likely to encourage greater diversity in the mix of agencies and organizations.
Under the demonstration grants program under Section 353 of the Act there are important features to encourage expansion of the delivery system. The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network, for example, is making adult basic education more available to all or most of the 18 counties in California in which school districts currently are prohibited from receiving State funds for such programs.1 Much of the outreach and service delivery will be accomplished through broadcast and computer technology as well as the coordination of resources among educational providers in the unfunded counties. As a result, thousands of Californians who previously had little or no access to adult education literacy services will now have such access.
The long-term plan for adult education, which will be implemented partially by funds available under Section 353, contains several features which will expand the delivery system. For example, the Community Adult Education Information Centers will provide aggressive outreach to the functionally illiterate population, while making it easier for individuals to participate by providing centralized information, intake, and assessment. The "EduCard" will also contribute to this end by consolidating and making more efficient the information access and record keeping functions, as well as providing a dramatic symbol to encourage participation. Delivery system expansion will also be encouraged by efforts to establish cross-agency policies concerning the provision of authorized support services, such as child care, transportation and medical services to adults who may require such assistance to participate in educational programs.
1 Enabling legislation in 1979 following the passage of Proposition 13 left intact the adult education programs that existed up until that time, while prohibiting the establishment of new programs.
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