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Fight to Save L.A. Family Literacy Continues

 

After the Los Angeles Unified School District ordered the nationally-acclaimed Family Literacy Program to close after 19 years, devastated families and allies are not backing down in the fight to keep the program alive. Find out how to help support the program and use this passionate response as an example to help save other suffering adult ed programs.

 

Last month’s edition of the California Adult Education Insider featured the LAUSD’s Family Literacy Program which was being forced to shut down after 19 successful years serving families. However, after hearing the news, dedicated families, friends, allies, and other supporters of the program bound together to fight to save the program. In the past weeks, rallies, letters to administrators and other leaders in education, and surveys have all constituted the efforts to save the program. If this collective effort can prove effective in saving the program, we can perhaps apply similar strategies to other adult education programs that are suffering and in danger of closing.

 

A rally on June 4 saw a significant turnout in support, and leaders are implementing other measures to get the word out and garner support. They are asking interested parties to take the following steps:

 

First, join the email campaign:

 

1. COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE – or write a heartfelt message of your own — and send it as an email to LAUSD Supt. John Deasy. Copy and paste the email addresses listed below into the “CC” field of your email. This will allow you to send a copy of your message to the school board, mayor, city council and board of supervisors.

 

For the message, choose English or Spanish. You may add more if you wish.

 

Subject: SAVE FAMILY LITERACY!

 

Message: Save the LAUSD Family Literacy Program. It builds bright futures. It works. It benefits all Angelenos.

 

Or

 

Subject: ¡SALVEN EL PROGRAMA DE APRENDIZAJE FAMILIAR!

 

Message: ¡Salven el programa de aprendizaje familiar! Construye meyores futuros. Funciona bien. Beneficia a todos los Angelinos.

 

HERE ARE THE ADDRESSES:

 

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In the “CC” section of your email, copy and paste all of the following addresses:

 

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Don’t forget to ask them to like LAFamilyLiteracy on Facebook and follow @LAFamLiteracy on Twitter.

Finally, leaders are asking that supporters send emails to friends, family, colleagues, community leaders, etc. to raise awareness of what is happening. Some points to consider in this correspondence include:

BACKGROUND: The LA Family Literacy program has had phenomenal success in educating children from low-income families in which English is an emerging language. Families have emotional, passionate stories to tell about the way the program has helped them become contributing members of society. The community wants and needs this program. This program helps make Los Angeles a better place for everyone. LAUSD officials have said that the Family Literacy program will be closed as a result of budgetary and bureaucratic problems.

RUNNING THE NUMBERS:

  • This amounts to a little more than one-one-hundredth of one percent of LAUSD’s total annual budget, which is approximately $7 Billion.
  • LA Family Literacy is a distinguished and nationally-acclaimed program.
  • Research shows that it works!
  • It is a treasure of public education in our city, and benefits all the citizens of Los Angeles.
  • This program saves lives. It helps people make a better future for themselves. In doing that, they make a better future for all of us.
  • We must continue this program to assure the future success of children and families in our school district.
  • Please bridge the program so we can work together and find a solution.