Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A (Temporary) Victory for Adult Education in Los Angeles

Supporters of Adult Education rallied across the state Tuesday. In San Mateo, protesters warned of funding cuts at the state level, including a proposal in Governor Brown's current budget to eliminate dedicated funding for adult schools. The largest adult school system, in Los Angeles, with over 200,000 students, has been on the chopping block for months. In March, the school board voted to cut the whole system from the budget if state funding fails to materialize. Tuesday afternoon, the LAUSD board voted to save much of adult ed, and thousands of jobs, by approving labor agreements that include 10 furlough days in the coming school year. But, the programs' future rests on uncertain state funding. Pacifica's Dan Fritz reports from outside LAUSD headquarters.