Arizona Budget Compromise Drops Proposed Restoration of Adult Education Funding

The budget agreement that was hammered out late last week between Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Republican state legislative leaders appears to drop Governor Brewer’s initial recommendation that state funding for adult education be restored to a “minimum” level that would enable the state to access federal Workforce Investment Act funds. “She’s drastically revised down her (education) spending initiative,” according to Luige del Puerto of the Arizona Capitol Times.

The budget proposal released by Governor Brewer in January proposed a minimal investment of $4.6 million dollars for adult education. That document noted:

Without additional funding, the State will lose eligibility for federal Workforce Investment Act dollars targeting adult education and will lose capacity to serve Arizonaʹs under‐ educated adults and support economic recovery in the state. The Executive Recommendation of $4.6 million is the minimum required to draw down $11.8 million in federal Workforce Investment Act dollars and maintain adult education services statewide.

However, according to this document, released by the Arizona Children’s Action Alliance on Friday, the Governor agreed to drop this request in the compromise agreement.