ERIC Number: ED335083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Amnesty: Programs and Services for the New Californians.
Scott-Skillman, Thelma; Ali, Saeed M.
Through State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants (SLIAG), California is projected to receive almost $2 billion to help deal with the impact of the nearly 1.7 million immigrants who received amnesty under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The California State Education Plan for SLIAG, developed by the California Department of Education and the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges, has two main goals: (1) to help 950,000 "new Californians" to demonstrate educational proficiency equal to 40 hours of classroom instruction in order to become permanent residents; and (2) to make available to all 1.7 million "new Californians" education and training that will enable them to succeed in school and become more employable. As yet, these goals have not been met, nor are they expected to be met by the end of the funding period in fiscal year 1993. The failure to achieve these goals has been attributed to insufficient federal funds; inadequate educational services; lack of a state-level community college coordinating unit; and low participation by the target population. This report on programs and services for "new Californians" profiles this group with respect to their employment, family status, country of origin, health, education, and goals. In addition, it underscores the inadequacy of SLIAG funding to address their educational needs, offering 10-year cost projections and revealing that the community colleges are only prepared to serve 25% of this population. It also outlines the responsibilities of the affected community college districts for developing adequate plans and policies. Finally, the report reviews the progress made in providing training in basic skills, citizenship, and workplace basics to the immigrants and in ensuring that these efforts will be strengthened and coalesced with other Board initiatives that have been proposed. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers: California; Immigration Reform and Control Act 1986
Note: Discussed as agenda item 4 at a meeting of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (Sacramento, CA, September 12-13, 1991).