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Last Night’s Twin Rivers Board Meeting

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Last night, there was some very good news about adult education in Twin Rivers.

First, Dr. Martinez, the superintendent talked about how the district plans to bring back more adult education in early 2014.  Then Trustee Linda Fowler gave an in-depth report about Assembly Bill 86, which is working to form consortia between community college districts, school districts, and other entities to attempt to provide better adult education services throughout California.

With this good news, I am cautiously optimistic, and shared the following with the board as public comment:

Dr. Martinez, Mr. Vice President, and Board:

Thank you for the time this evening to speak and I want to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Martinez, and to the board for your dedication to serving the adults of this district along with the children.  An investment in serving adult education is an investment in serving the children of our district, because the first and longest lasting teacher of every student is their parents.  An investment of time and funds will pay dividends to the family of our district and will lead to higher achievement of all our students.

There are many ways that we can fund our programs, with the consortium being only one potential manner, and I want to say thank you to Trustee Fowler for your work with AB 86, and your work to have us develop a consortium.   And I am very glad you brought up the idea of adult-serving charters, as this is a potential funding stream that is separate from whatever happens with the consortia.  Pell Grants are also separate funding.

We can use all of these to build excellent adult education.  We only need sufficient up-front investment in both time and money, and the willingness to learn about what we do, and how we do it.  With this investment, we can and will make the adult education services of Twin Rivers become a model for the state.

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Written by Jacob Walker

November 6th, 2013 at 4:41 am

Posted in Twin Rivers USD

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