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by Gina Rossi Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005 at 9:54 AM
Attention: Adult Education in Oakland Under Attack! Protest Wednesday, February 22nd 4PM at the Oakland School Board Meeting; 1025 Second Avenue.

From: Gina Rossi aft771@aol.com

Attention: Adult Education in Oakland Under Attack! Protest Wednesday,
4PM at the Oakland School Board Meeting; 1025 Second Avenue.

Town Hall Meeting to Defend
Public Education in Oakland, Tuesday, March 8th


The entire adult education program in Oakland may be closed down by Dr.
Randolph Ward, State Administrator, as of June 30 of this year. Many
Adult Education Teachers in Oakland received a notice on Friday stating
that if class attendance falls below 14 students, that class will be
considered for immediate closure. This is their first step.

Our teachers and our 25,000 students deserve better. Adult Education in
Oakland serves a population that is not served by anyone else. This
population includes immigrants, high school diploma classes, classes at
senior centers, community center classes for people with disability, and
many others. These are the only free English as a Second Language Classes
offered in Oakland.

This is part of Randy Ward's plan to dismantle public education in
Oakland. It is connected to the converting of public elementary schools to
charter schools. In both cases his actions are affecting the most
underserved communities. These are racist acts and part of a plan to
destroy public education in Oakland.

We need everyone in Oakland to come to the Board of Education meeting,
Wed. evening, 4:00PM, at the Oakland Administration Building, 1025 Second
Avenue.

Also, please attend the Town Hall Meeting to Defend Public Education in
Oakland, Tuesday, March 8th from 6-8PM at the First Congregational Church
(2501 Harrison Street)

We need your presence. Please come.



In Solidarity,

Gina Rossi
Oakland AFT, Local 771