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Steve Lopez: Cutting schools, cutting opportunities

Lopez column
Hundreds of adult education supporters are lining both sides of Van Nuys Boulevard this afternoon at the government center, screaming for the 250,000-student system to be saved and calling for the heads of those who are advocating big cuts or elimination.

"No Education, No Future," said one man's sign, and while the crowd shouted, "Save our schools," a woman handed me a flier calling for the recall of L.A. Unified board President Monica Garcia.

One of the loudest and most spirited groups of protesters had come from Koreatown, where English classes are popular among adults all the way up to their 70s.

"They'll have nowhere else to go if their schools are closed," said English as a second language teacher Lorena Tong.

Elena Bohorquez, an English student at Belmont's Mid-City campus, said she wants to be a nurse. Lynne Miller, a basic education teacher at the Rinaldi campus, said her students are both immigrants and California-born people trying to adjust to the changing economy and find jobs in nursing and other fields.

Although big cuts and even elimination of adult ed are possible as school officials shift dwindling funds to K-12, final budget numbers won't be known for months. I'll have more on all this in my Sunday column, but you can feel free to weigh in now.

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-- Steve Lopez

Photo: Protesters out on the street Friday. Credit: Steve Lopez / Los Angeles Times

 
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