SACRAMENTO -- An Assembly committee weighed in on a key provision of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to overhaul the state’s education finance system. Its unanimous message to the governor: try again.
As part of his budget released in January, Brown asked lawmakers to shift responsibility for adult education -- offering high-school equivalency and other programs for older students -- to community colleges. Currently, such programs are overseen by high-school districts.
Lawmakers echoed concerns raised by the Assembly Budget Committee staff that Brown was, in essence, proposing deep spending cuts in these programs. Brown wants to give $300 million to community colleges to pay for these services. In 2007-08, the state spent $754 million on adult education.
The proposal was rejected by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance on a bipartisan 5-0 vote. The fate and funding level for the program will ultimately be determined in the process of budget negotiations between legislative leaders and the governor later this year.