The following link is to a letter sent by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, last week addressing the loss of adult education opportunities in California;

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In his letter, Supt. Torlakson refers to various ways that adult education supports the mission of K-12 education, higher socio-economic levels for families with higher academic achievement, higher levels of parental involvement in the children’s education through better communication skills by parents, etc. Most of us already know these items are true, as we see the evidence of those successes everyday.

I believe that the real problem exists in the focus of education in California. The main focus or goal to educate should not be K-12, it should be pre-K – Adult in every community in California. It is only through addressing the needs of the whole community can the education system provide for the maximum achievement of every student.

We have been extremely fortunate here at the adult school  in Beaumont in that our district believes in serving the needs of the whole community. I believe that it is because of this shared vision for a pre-K to adult education system that we (as a district) have been able to accomplish so much success at all academic levels and yet we have so much more work to do to bring about the success of every member of our community.

With the recent news about LAUSD, Sacramento City and Marysville shutting down their adult education programs (some of which have been in operation since 1919) we can’t help but worry about what may occur in Beaumont if the state funding picture continues to worsen.

While there is very little that we can personally do, we must continue to provide the opportunities to our adult students to succeed and we must continue to advocate for adult education in California.

I want to thank all of you as staff members at the adult school for what you have already accomplished and what I know you will be able to accomplish.