COSAS (Communities Organized to Save Adult School) Summary

Here’s a summary of the group’s activity in June and July 2009.

COSAS (Communities Organized to Save the Adult School)

Summary of Activities June & July 2009 

               COSAS met for the first time on June 1st, 2009, at Contra Costa College. Convened by Catholic Charities of the East Bay, educators, elected officials, and community leaders gathered to discuss how to work collectively to sustain adult ESL.  One particular objective was to prevent WCCUSD from severely cutting back its budget for adult education. COSAS met throughout June and July and worked hard to mobilize the community, galvanize support, and pressure the WCCUSD to protect adult education.  The following are some of the accomplishments:

  • Mobilized over 200 adult ESL students, some with their families, to attend the June 3rd WCCUSD school board meeting.
  • Presented at the Richmond City Council meeting on June 16. Council unanimously approved resolution supporting West Contra Costa Adult Education
  • Presented at the San Pablo City Council meeting on July 6. Council unanimously approved resolution supporting West Contra Costa Adult Education
  • Presented at West County Mayors’ Conference on June 25. Mayors unanimously approved resolution supporting West Contra Costa Adult Education
  • Various letters of support mailed to WCCUSD School Board members.
  • WCCUSD announced on June 24th they would maintain adult education at 75% funding for 2009-10 year. At that meeting, the School Board tabled the closing of Serra Adult School open for the 90-10 year.  Of the two adult schools, Serra is much more accessible to the immigrant community.

 

COSAS includes representatives from the following organizations and bodies:

  • Richmond Mayor’s Office
  • San Pablo City Council
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District – Adult Education
  • Contra Costa College
  • Richmond Works
  • East Bay Works
  • Contra Costa Faith Works
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • LEAP
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