[CENTER]Oppose AB 2448 (Hancock)[/CENTER]
I implore you with the strongest possible request, that you oppose AB 2448 and any proposed amendments. The California Association of School Administrators (ACSA), the California School Board of Education (CSBE) and the California Association of Regional Occupation Programs and Centers CAROC/P are against the bill because:
AB 2448 is about Age Discrimination: Adult taxpayers will be denied access to education by virtue of their age. No other self selected, non-mandatory educational agency is discriminated against in this fashion. The current and recently High School graduated students also will not have any access to job training for them to get a decent job or career.
AB 2448 is a Punitive Profiler: Communities with large numbers of low-social economic and poverty stricken adults will be denied cost-free, job-market specific training located within their community. Or others that what a career change or to start their own business too!
AB 2448 is Written poorly: There are vague passages filled with glittering generalities that would increase bureaucratic inefficiency and raise hidden costs.
AB 2448 is Wasteful: If only high school students can attend ROP, then classrooms (filled with expensive, state tax funded, high-tech technology) will go unused, when needy adults could benefit from evening and Saturday job preparation courses. The combining of High School & Adults together allows them to learn from each other too!
AB 2448 is Deceptive: While claiming to be about supporting Career/Technical education for high school students, it offers no plan for how this is to be accomplished, or how students with impacted schedules can avail themselves of Career/Technical programs when they are trying to pass the High School exit test too!
AB 2448 Destroys Local Control: All governing school boards would have, over night, their decision making superseded by one bill that is so broad in scope it ignores the realities of individual community needs. ROC/P’s are “regional” economic solutions for specific regions of California.
AB 2448 is Anti Immigrant: Immigration policies will be damaged by removing free, short-term job training programs that are sorely needed by millions. Also, who gets to picks out the 10% of adults that get to attend ROP classes out of the masses?
AB 2448 is Irresponsible: Why would the legislature want to move money into new funding streams without any accountability of such drastic changes in existing education code and education structure?