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Of the 300,000 students in the program before 2012, there are now 97,000 (plus a long waiting list); of the 3,200 teachers, there are now 850.
If the parents of non-English speaking children cannot learn English, how can their children? Children need help with their homework and their self-esteem. Seeing their parents going to school and learning English creates wonderful, lifelong role-models.
Prior to 2012, the LAUSD graduated adults fluent in English and American culture, holding high school diplomas as well as credentials from the excellent vocational programs. As a retired longtime adult education teacher of English as a second language, I have yet to receive a good answer as to why these cuts were made.
Planaria Price, Los Angeles