Adult Students Rally to Save BPS Adult Education Program
A thousand students would lose adult education classes under current BPS budget proposal
March 12, 2014 BOSTON — Adding to a petition signed by nearly 300 classmates and appearances at previous budget hearings, a group of adult students will rally tonight at 4:30 outside the Boston Public Schools building to ask the School Committee to reject cutting almost all funding from the Department of Adult Education and Community Services. The budget proposal under consideration would eliminate 85 percent of the program's funding, cutting $1.1 million dollars
from a program that cumulatively serves nearly 1,000 students at its four sites. In the daytime, the program offers classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and in the evening also offers the city's only credentialed adult high school program, located at the Madison Park High School complex.
Maria Harris (center), Director of Adult Education, informing evening students of potential school cuts, O'Bryant High, February 25