They created their own wonderful CBET material - Sharing English - a terrific DVD series to help families learn how to help their children succeed in school, use the public library, participate in community life, and build good health physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Now Oakland Adult School is but a few classes.
La Escuelita Family Literacy is one of them.
|La Escuelita Family Literacy in REd for Unity Adult Education|
And they are the little engine that could.
Hit the "read more" link to learn why.
Today, Wednesday, May 22nd, at 5:30 pm at La Escuelita Elementary School (1050 2nd Ave in Oakland, the Oakland Unifed School Board is voting to decide about cutting the remaining Adult Ed classes, including La Escuelita Family Literacy.
This is terrible news. And it does not make sense. Prop 30 passed. California has a budget surplus. Every day, more and more Legislators say, "Please! Don't close Adult Schools! They are important! We understand! We are working with Gov. Brown to create a plan that will renew and rebuild Adult Education!" Every community needs Adult Education but Oakland really, really needs it.
Yet... facing just such challenges... the students of the La Escuelita Family Literacy are not giving up.
They are saying, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can... I think I can!!!"
They will be there at the school board meeting today.
They are asking OUSD to keep their program open.
They are asking for Adult Education to be renewed and rebuilt.
They are asking to be part of the process.
You can support them.
Attend the meeting.
"Like" their Facebook page.
Write a letter to the editor of the Oakland Tribune.
Email the Oakland School Board.
Email your own Legislators and ask them to amend the May Revise so that Designated Funding comes now, rather than later, so that Adult Schools on the brink of closure can remain open and begin to rebuild.
Remember, this is a Statewide issue.
One by one, 70 Adult Schools have been closed and 20 more are slated for closure.
But working together, one by one, they can be re-opened.
And La Escuelita is showing us how.
It's not about counting the odds. It's not about predicting the outcome.
It's about deciding where you want to go, getting on the train, and putting forth the effort.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
Sure, we can. Se, se puede.
From the Classroom Struggle Blog: