Cronkite News Service
Dozens rallied Wednesday at the state Capitol against Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to drop state funding for GED testing services and adult education courses.
As part of her budget proposal, Brewer called for eliminating funding for several state Department of Education programs for adult learners.
During the 2008-2009 school year, more than 14,000 adults participated in Adult Basic Education programs while about 1,500 took part in Adult Secondary Education programs. About 7,500 adults also attended English language courses, the department reported.
About 14,500 got GEDs, accounting for almost 20 percent of all high school diplomas issued that year, the agency said.
Rep. Nancy Young Wright, D-Tucson, told the crowd adult education helps the economy. “If we cut these programs to the level that’s being suggested, then we are going to be dimming the future for so many people,” Young Wright said. “They won’t be able to get a good job and take care of their children.”