LAUSD: State Budget on Adult Education PROHIBITS FUNDING of PROGRAMS FOR OLDER ADULTS

Both Governor Jerry Brown’s Budget and Senator Carol Liu’s bill SB173 (see attached) State Budget on Adult Education PROHIBITS FUNDING of PROGRAMS FOR OLDER ADULTS by school districts, county superintendents of schools, and community college districts.
 
Also attached is contact info for the key legislators who are now negotiating with the governor to finalize his budget, which will be announced this Friday, June 14, 2013.  There are still last minute changes being made which could include OUR GOAL:  To include Programs for Older Adults as a CORE CURRICULUM and approve Adult Education Funding in both the K-12 Public Schools and Community College Systems.
 
SB173 passed the senate and has just been sent to the assembly.  AMENDMENTS CAN BE MADE IN THE ASSEMBLY through September 13, 2013.  The governor then has until October 13th to Sign or Veto the bill.
 
It is important to continue lobbying Assembly Speaker John Perez and the Assembly Education Committee (click link http://aedn.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff).  In addition, we need to lobby Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Carol Liu, our personal contacts, and local legislators as their constituents.  (see attached contact info).
 
Thank you for working as part of our growing team fighting for the rights of Active Older Adults who are a powerful voting block, volunteer workforce for their families and communities, and fighters who helped save ALL of Adult Education.
Below is a sample letter to state legislators.  Any specific information about how your program and participants would be effected should be included.
 
There are two versions of the introduction.
Intro #1 is for the legislature leadership, who have been negotiating with Governor Brown on his budget, which has the same language as SB173.  (see contact info attached below)
Intro #2 is for the Assembly Committee on Education, who will soon be the receiving the bill for review.  (click link for contact info http://aedn.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff)
 
Governor Jerry Brown, your personal contacts, and local legislators should also be contacted.  (see attached below full senate and assembly contact info)
 
 
 
SAMPLE LETTER TO OPPOSE OR AMEND SB173:
INTRODUCTION #1 OF SAMPLE LETTER:
 
Dear Assembly Speaker, Senate President and Minority Leaders,
 
As Assembly Speaker, Senate President and Minority Leaders of the state legislature, we implore you to oppose SB173 with its current language, which cuts all Adult Education funding to POA Programs for Older Adults.  The unintended consequence of this bill will require each individual senior citizen to pay hundreds of dollars for one course per semester, forcing these programs to close in low income communities where they are most needed.  SB173 Needs to be Amended to include POA Programs for Older Adults as a CORE CURRICULUM and approve Adult Education Funding in both the K-12 Public Schools and Community College Systems.
 
INTRODUCTION #2 OF SAMPLE LETTER:
 
Dear Assembly Committee on Education Chairs and Members,
 
As Chairs and Members of the Assembly Committee on Education, we implore you to oppose SB173 with its current language, which cuts all Adult Education funding to POA Programs for Older Adults.  The unintended consequence of this bill will require each individual senior citizen to pay hundreds of dollars for one course per semester, forcing these programs to close in low income communities where they are most needed.  SB173 Needs to be Amended to include POA Programs for Older Adults as a CORE CURRICULUM and approve Adult Education Funding in both the K-12 Public Schools and Community College Systems.
 
BODY AND CONCLUSION OF SAMPLE LETTER:
At senior centers and community locations across the state, Adult Education POA instructors conduct robust exercise programs for active older adults, and special  exercise classes for those with arthritis and other mobility impairments.  LAUSD DACE POA instructors also currently teach evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion workshops that add inestimable value to the lives of thousands of seniors every year.  These classes teach senior citizens to manage their medications and deal with the health ramifications of diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain and more.  The net result is a healthier, happier, safer and more stable senior population.
 
While the state is undertaking bold initiatives to reform our health care delivery system under the Coordinated Care Initiative for better health outcomes and significant savings, this is not the time to eliminate funding for educational programs which improve the health and well-being of our citizens most likely to access care through that system.  One fall avoided by virtue of an exercise and safety training program can save the state significant MediCal dollars.  Multiply that by thousands of seniors a year and the Adult Education POA Programs for Older Adults more than pay for themselves.
 
Remember that older adults are the grassroots advocates who got out the vote that helped pass AB189 and Prop 30, which supposedly saved all Adult Education Programs.  Active Older Adults are taxpayers and a powerful volunteer workforce in support of our states growing multigenerational families and communities.  It is ill-advised to betray their trust now by depriving them of programs so essential to their health, well-being and independence which enables them to help their families thrive while continuing to contribute to their families, communities and society.
Thank you for your careful consideration of this important issue – please oppose or amend SB 173.
 
Your Signature
 
Your Name, Title
Your Address
Your Phone and Email

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