Rally to Save Adult Education in Arizona

As reported in Jim Nintzel's Jan. 21 cover story, Slashing the State, "adult education and GED courses would be zeroed out" in Gov. Jan Brewer's budget.

A rally has been scheduled for today from 5 to 6 p.m. at El Rio Learning Center (1390 W. Speedway Blvd.) to save adult education. Organizers would like to see at least 500 in attendance and encourage all to bring banners and signs.

Here's a social media release from Literacy Volunteers of Tucson that says Arizona would be the only state without GED classes.

The budget cuts Governor Jan Brewer is proposing are painful, but one will earn us national recognition. Not only will Arizona have one of the highest high school drop-out rates in the nation, if the proposed cuts are approved, GED classes and testing will no longer be offered in this state. Arizona would become the only state in the country without this service.

“The economic impact of NOT educating the nearly 800,000 Arizonans who do not have a high school diploma is enormous. The elimination of Adult Education will prevent the development and re-training of a prepared workforce that we urgently need to attract and keep existing businesses in Arizona,” says Paula Stuht, Vice President of Business Development of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Without a GED it is nearly impossible to go on to further training or