updated April 7, 2012. We decided to post these important comments (below) from a reader, and change the title to a more appropriate one using feedback from another reader. Thanks to both!
COMMENTS FROM A READER: “It is absolutely ridiculous to think that Adult Ed students are just going to transfer over to the community colleges to continue their education. First of all, most of them can’t afford it, and secondly, even if the community college has a free, non-credit ESL program for example, a lot of them, especially the older ones, would feel totally intimidated having to maneuver through such a system as the community college one.
The community colleges are having their own problems and a lot of community college students can’t even get the classes that they need due to overcrowding and rising tuition. Then we’re supposed to dump 347,000 students, from the LAUSD Adult Ed system, into the community college system? Well, rocket scientist I’m not, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s something wrong with that formula.
Plus, many of our Adult Ed students need to go to schools in their neighborhoods as many have kids that go to school in their neighborhoods. It’s common for them to plan their schooling around the schedules of their kids and other family obligations. So, if Adult Ed totally shuts down in LAUSD, then there will be a lot of students who will not be able to continue their education. Shameful! Simply Shameful!”
So let’s get this straight: LAUSD wants to close Adult Education, leaving community college as one of the only other options. But now community colleges (like Santa Monica College) want two-tiered systems that charge more for popular classes, like English and Math? And when people protest, even a 4 year-old gets pepper-sprayed?