A couple of major issues appear on this week’s agenda, including details of dramatic adult school cutbacks and the closure of some of the school district’s preschool classrooms and programs.
Given the timing of the meeting, I wonder how many people will be there make it. You can find the full agenda here, the adult school presentation here (the section closures are listed toward the end), and the Early Childhood Education slides here. It starts at 4 p.m. this week, with public comments close to the top of the agenda.
Facing more than $2 million in retroactive state cuts for this year alone (out of a budget that was originally $13.9 million), the adult education department plans to protect most of its GED, ESL, career tech and parenting classes, while closing many of its programs for senior citizens. Its arts and communication sections will plunge to zero, too, under this plan to balance the budget.
I’m writing a story about this dramatic change to Oakland’s adult education program, so let us know how you think these projected cuts will affect you, your family and the community.
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