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 chapter describes the policies, procedures and activities for carrying out corrections education and education for other institutionalized adults under Section 326 of the Adult Education Act. It shall describe the following with respect to these projects.
These three points are elaborated in the following sections.
Applicants that already have ABE and ESL programs for adults in correctional institutions and other institutionalized settings may supplement their programs with federal funds available through the Adult Education Act. The application process and criteria for funding applicants providing programs for prisoners in county jails are the same as for others applying for Local Assistance Grants (See Chapter 8) with one exception. Distribution of funds to programs serving inmates in county jails will be based upon the hours of instruction actually generated by these programs and the amount of money set aside for this purpose as described below. In addition to these criteria, programs authorized under the Act shall make guidance and supportive services available for criminal offenders.
Ten percent of the State Grant funded under the Adult Education Act is made available to serve institutionalized adults. Of this amount, 70 percent funds basic education programs for adults in correctional institutions, and 30 percent funds programs for substantially handicapped adults who are institutionalized. Of the amounts set aside for correctional institutions, half provide programs to inmates in county jails, and half serve inmates in state prisons and youth detention centers. Of these funds set aside to serve inmates in state prisons and youth detention centers, 85 percent will be made available to the California Department of Corrections and 15 percent will be made available to the California Youth Authority through an interagency agreement. School districts, county offices of education, community colleges, and correctional institutions with adult basic education programs may apply for funds set aside to serve incarcerated adults in county jails.
In order to assure that at least 10 percent of federal funds made available under the Act serve institutionalized adults, the application form indicates the number of incarcerated adults and other institutionalized persons to be served. From these forms the California Department of Education calculates the percent of the total served who are institutionalized. Several school districts and community colleges serve large numbers of substantially handicapped students, and a few districts, community colleges, and county offices of education serve incarcerated adults with ABE and ESL programs.
Over the last several years the California Department of Education (CDE) has worked cooperatively with the Departments of Corrections, Youth Authority and Developmental Services to provide adult basic education (ABE) services to institutionalized adults. CDE and the Department of Corrections have offered joint ABE programs in the state prisons; CDE and the Youth Authority have offered ABE in a couple of the State's juvenile detention centers; and CDE has entered into several interagency agreements with the Department of Developmental Services to provide ABE to the developmentally disabled population in the state hospitals and community care facilities. These cooperative arrangements are expected to continue.
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