The folks at United Adult Students have been busy! They carried out a successful petition drive, widely covered by the media, demanding “Dedicated Funding Streams” for Adult Education and to keep Adult Education in LAUSD (not transfer it to Community Colleges). Over 10,000 signatures were collected and this week they are in Sacramento meeting with legislators.
We had a happy leap day, since we were united as one with students, teachers, and families at Evans Adult School. Several news media outlets including Univision 34 and USC Annenberg TV News (ATVN), covered our demonstration. During lunch time (12:20pm), we gathered at the front of Evans building wearing our Red-T-Shirts. We held our signs on along the side of the street and shouted “Save Our Schools,” and “Yes we can.” Many cars honked to support us. Also, we crossed the intersection in a picket line. Kristen Muha, who works with ATVN, interviewed some of our students, teachers, and principal. Those interviewed spoke about how adult school is so important to young students, immigrant families, single mothers, and our communities. In addition, they emphasized how adult school contributes to to the economy through job training, helping parents, and how it would be unfair to cut. Here are link to the ATVN piece:
There’s one small problem with the video. The anchorwoman says UTLA members took to the street, but our demonstration was primarily organized by Evans United Adult Students and was attended by students, their families, teachers, administrators, and community.
It shows everyone was united as one, even though the Evans Rally was a just 40 minute demonstration. Adult Students, Teachers, and Community: WE are ONE!