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Adult Education

Note: Much of the information provided below is outdated. Funding for this program is now unrestricted pursuant to SBX3 4 (Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009), enacted in February 2009. For additional information, please refer to the Action on 2008 and 2009 Budget Acts Web page.

The California Adult Education program serves state and national interests by providing life-long educational opportunities and support services to all adults. The Adult Education programs address the unique and evolving needs of individuals and communities by providing adults with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively as productive citizens, workers, and family members. The Education Code sections 52501, 52502, 52503, and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 10560 allow unified or high school districts to establish separate adult schools.


Local educational agencies
Local educational agency must offer educational programs for adults and have an established Adult Education Cap average daily attendance (ADA).
Includes school districts and county offices of education
Grade Level(s)
9, 10, 11, 12, Adult
Age Level(s)
Not applicable


Education Code sections 52616, 52616.16, 52626.17, 52616.19, 52616.21, and 52617; Budget Item 6110-156-0001, and Chapter 269, Statutes of 2008.
Source / Type State / Apportionment
State Fiscal Year 2008-09
SACS Resource/
Revenue Codes
6390 / 8311
Total Available $772,560,000
See allocation formula
Allocation Formula Funding for 2008-09 consists of several components:

(1) Funding for Cap ADA is equal to the 2008-09 rate per average daily attendance (ADA) multiplied by the lesser of the 2008-09 Cap ADA or the 2008-09 Annual ADA reported through the Principal Apportionment software. No COLA was appropriated for this program; therefore the rate per ADA remains identical in 2008-09 to the rate for 2007-08.

Cap ADA is determined from the results in (a), (b), and (c):

(a) 2007-08 Authorized Cap ADA plus two and a half percent for growth.

(b) Districts that earn less than their Cap ADA in prior two years will have their Cap reduced by one-half of the lowest level of unearned Cap ADA for those two years.

(c) The Cap ADA available from the adjustments made to those districts that did not reach their Cap in the prior two years will be redistributed to districts that met or exceeded Cap ADA in two prior years.

The 2008-09 Cap ADA is equal to the 2007-08 Cap ADA plus two and a half percent for growth and minus one-half of the unearned Cap ADA for districts that did not meet Cap ADA in two prior years or plus additional Cap ADA for districts that met and exceeded Cap ADA in two prior years, if requested by the district.

(2) Funding for Excess ADA (ADA over Cap) is equal to the 2008-09 rate per excess ADA multiplied by Excess ADA. The rate per excess ADA is determined based on funding availability after allocating Cap ADA funding divided by the number of Excess ADA.

Important Dates

Due Date Unavailable
Notification Date
February 20, 2009

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Other Of the $772,560,000 funding available, $726,664,000 is available in 2008-09, and $45,896,000 is deferred until 2009-10. If sufficient funding is not available, a proration factor will be applied.

Funds are paid through the Principal Apportionment. Principal Apportionment amounts are calculated three times for each fiscal year: The First Principal Apportionment (P-1) is certified by February 20th, the Second Principal Apportionment (P-2) is certified by July 2nd, and the Annual calculation is certified by February 20th of the following year (at the same time as the following year's P-1 certification).


Program Rich Berry
Phone : 916-327-8648
E-mail :
Fiscal Halena Le
Phone : 916-324-4535
E-mail :
Division School Fiscal Services Division
Phone : 916-324-4541
Fax : 916-322-5102

Last Modified: July 2, 2009

California Department of Education
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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