Local Students and Teachers Protest Adult Education Cuts
Shouting "Save our schools," and "Yes we can," adult education students and teachers held two demonstrations Wednesday in protest of the proposed closure of adult education programs due to budget cuts.
The first demonstration was held at North Valley Occupational Center in Mission Hills. The second was held at Evans Adult School in Los Angeles.
Adult education teacher Julia Dewey believes cutting adult education will take away opportunities from people looking for a better life.
"These are for students who are the parents of the K through 12 [children] and they too want education. They are the ones putting food on the table, " said Dewey. "They need better jobs, better opportunities and this school is what's giving them that opportunity. To cut it off would be a tragedy for Los Angeles."
Others protesting, like student Janeth Lopez, are concerned that this budget cut will especially effect single mothers.
"What about the teenager...usually women who have a child, " said Lopez. "After two to three years they cannot change the their lives.They are looking for schools like this one in order to get better and start a new life.What happened to this American dream for women?"
Budget recommendations regarding this issue will be reviewed by the Los Angeles School Board in March.
The Los Angeles Unified School District declined to comment on the protests.