Wednesday, 26 of November of 2014

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LAUSD has $700+ Million in Reserves, but Still Plans to Close Adult Schools?

—A guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

By Sean Abajian

On Tuesday, March 13, and for the second time this year, the LAUSD presented an Interim Financial Report stating that the District will end the 2011-2012 school year with reserves of over $700 Million (pg. 51 of 92 in the Scribbd.com document linked above). $707 million represents almost…

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Adult Education Empowers Environmental Activist to Lead Successful Campaign to Shut Down Toxic Plant

—An inspiring story of how English language learning, parental involvement, basic and higher education, and civic engagement transforms lives and communities. This is a guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

Background: Martha Sanchez is a former adult ESL student, adult school graduate, and activist who led an environmental justice campaign resulting in the closing of Palace Plating. Adjacent to the 28th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, this

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On Adult Education’s Critical Role in Social Justice

—A guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

By Robert D. Skeels

“I’m an adult ed teacher, and I just want to say thanks to those of you outside of adult ed who understand the importance of what we do, and are willing to stand with us as we fight to survive this year. When I go back to work tomorrow morning and greet my

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Si se puede! Organizing Our Community in Adult Education

—A guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

By Blanca Perez, President, & Evelyn Escalante, Vice President, United Adult Students

In our experience as president and vice president of United Adult Students, we have had the privilege to organize our community in which approximately 350,000 students would be impacted if the proposed elimination of adult education by the LAUSD Board…

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Education for the 99%: How the Top 1% is Destroying Public Education and What We Must Do to Stop It

—A guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

By Jose Lara, Social Justice Educator, Community Organizer, United Teachers Los Angeles

With the top 1% in full control of education policy and responsible for creating a financial crisis that is defunding our schools and eliminating essential programs such as Adult Education and Early Childhood Education, we must join together as the 99%. We must take back control…

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Defending Adult Education in Los Angeles

—A guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

By Matthew Kogan, Chair, Adult Education United Teachers Los Angeles

In response to projected budget deficit for 2012-13 in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Superintendent John Deasy proposed a fiscal stabilization plan that would eliminate its adult education program serving 350,000 students.

It appeared that a majority of the LAUSD school board supported the elimination…

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Organizing 3.0, leveraging the “internet of things” in mobilizing communities across 710 square miles

—A guest blog article in the discussion series on Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

The National Coalition for Literacy interviewed Sean Abajian, a campaign organizer from SaveAdultEd.org, to get the big picture on what happened and what advocates were doing to save adult education in Los Angeles, CA. Our questions and Sean’s responses follow.

Tell us a little bit about the adult education program in L.A. and the literacy rates

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Cut the Excuses Not Education!

How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.

UPDATED 3-23-12

Guest Blog Discussion Series:  March, 2012

Join us March 5-23 on the NCL Advocacy Blog where several organizers from the SaveAdultEd.org campaign will blog about their experiences in organizing and galvanizing one of the largest local grassroots responses for adult education in recent years. You will have the opportunity to interact with our guests, add your voice…

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A Tribute to Gabe Zimmerman

—Guest Blog Post, Advocate Voices from the Field

Regina Suitt is an Adult Education Advocate in Tucson, Arizona. She blogs in tribute to Gabe Zimmerman, former legislative staff to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who died in the tragic shooting on January 8, 2011. She has joined us here as a guest and is available to respond to your comments or reactions.

Have a story to share? The National Coalition for Literacy features blog articles about individuals’ experiences advocating for adult education and family literacy. Submit your story by emailing your article, a brief bio, and photo

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Georgia Advocates Halt Increase in GED Test Fees

—Guest Blog Post, Advocate Voices from the Field

Billie Izard is the Executive Director of the Certified Literate Community Program in Georgia. She blogs about Georgia’s amazing story of how adult literacy advocates put a stop to the increase in GED test fees. She has joined us on the NCL Advocacy Blog as a guest and is happy to respond to your comments or reactions.

Have a story to share? The National Coalition for Literacy is pleased and proud to feature blog articles about individuals’ experiences advocating for adult education and family literacy. Submit

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A New Cause

—Guest Blog Post, Advocate Voices from the Field

Elaine Kuhar is a literacy volunteer at the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh-Refugee Services, who blogged during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week about becoming a literacy advocate. Her story is below. She has joined us on the NCL Advocacy Blog as a guest and is happy to respond to your comments or reactions.

Have a story to share? The National Coalition for Literacy is pleased and proud to feature blog articles about individuals’ experiences advocating for

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