BURBANK — Burbank Adult School has seen funding slashed and enrollment drop, but administrators, staff and students soldier on.
Legislators in Sacramento voted to cut funding to adult schools by 20% and gave school districts flexibility to eliminate adult education entirely in the next four fiscal years as a way to reduce the impact of state funding cuts. The 81-year-old school has 800 fewer students enrolled this year compared with last, administrators said. Classes that used to be free are not. Tuition is up, class time shortened, and course offerings have been reduced.
“As we made cuts to programs, we tried to focus on keeping programs that supported the districts’ overall goal for student achievement and learning,” Principal Cherise Moore said. “If we’re putting education reform at the K-12 [level], we’re missing a whole group of workers who are beyond that and can’t benefit from that.”