AB 86 Overview
The 2013-2014 State Budget appropriated $25 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to allocate funding for two-year planning and implementation grants. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of developing regional plans for adult education. Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86) outlines expectations for consortium development as well as planning and implementation requirements to establish the Adult Education Consortium Program. The intent of AB 86 is to expand and improve the provision of adult education –via these consortia– with incremental investments starting with the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) are working in partnership to implement the requirements outlined in AB 86. The agencies jointly established an AB 86 Cabinet to guide and oversee the activities of a Work Group that will develop a comprehensive Certification of Eligibility (COE). As they develop the COE, the Work Group will consult with expert panels relevant to each issue and various organizations will be asked to participate in a Stakeholder Sounding Board. Please see the links below for information on the Cabinet, Work Group, Stakeholder Sounding Board, and Expert Panel.
The Cabinet and Work Group will ensure a transparent process is used to listen to and inform the field throughout the development of the COE. The COE is scheduled to be released near the beginning of the new calendar year. Town hall meetings, informational webinars, field surveys, and a listserv will be among the venues whereby all stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback and input to the process. Additionally, individuals who wish to provide feedback are encouraged to do so by using the orange Feedback button to the left of this screen. For more information regarding the legislation, please review the Legislative Overview on this site and the full text of the AB 86 Bill. Please continue to reference this site for new developments and details relating to this process.