LAUSD Votes to Eliminate Adult Education

On Tuesday, March 13, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted to eliminate adult education, leaving 300,000 adults without educational services.  Supporters of adult education in Los Angeles, particularly the student organization, vowed to keep fighting and to oust school board members who failed to support them.  You can see videos of responses to the board’s decision by adult education supporters at:

http://saveadulted.wordpress.com/

One adult education supporter, Matthew Kogan, points out in one of these videos that the school where he teaches, which will now be closed, was actually opened during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and that adult education grew during the Depression. Mr. Kogan explains that the board plans to cut adult education by about 75%, leaving only credit recovery programs for high school students.

Diane Ravitch, in her article “School ‘Reform’: A Failing Grade” in the New York Review of Books, had this to say about credit recovery programs:

Now the schools offer “credit recovery,” a dubious scheme that enables students to make up a failed year with a week or so of ersatz classes. The goal of these shabby manipulations is to hit the phony targets and make the leadership look good, even as they ignore the daily tribulations of students and teachers.

You can read the rest of Ms. Ravitch’s article here: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/sep/29/school-reform-failing-grade/?pagination=false

As depressing as the news about LAUSD is, it is heartening to see the determined response of the adult school students, so watch the videos. The president of the student’s association says, “This is not the end; it’s the beginning.”

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One Response

  1. Well, I’m not going down without a fight.

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