SCALE takes it to the STATE HOUSE by K. Capezio


This morning, at 9am, Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences’ (SCALE) English Language Learner students took to the State House on 24 Beacon Street in Boston, Mass by train to meet their senators and state reps and deliver some very important information.

This newsworthy info was about the state’s priorities including its attention to at-risk populations that would be left with a gaping education deficit in the coming year if the 2016 budget proposal is approved. A few weeks prior to their visit, students from the Adult Basic Education and ELL programs at SCALE wrote post cards to their senators and reps explaining the need for Adult Basic Education and urging our political leaders to reconsider a hefty cut back proposed in Charlie Baker’s 2016 budget. The cutback, totaling over 5 million, would result in fewer educational opportunities for our adult learners—learners who need the most support and who are poised to make the most impact in their communities and in their families through adult education and English Language Acquisition. As well, it would result in fewer resources for adult learners and fewer employment opportunities for Adult Ed. and ELL instructors.
Our students, and their teachers, proudly handed over post cards, in person, to announce their support for adult education and spoke with representatives who can make the most difference before this 2016 budget is approved. In total, the students delivered over 150 post cards on behalf of our program participants. We hope our message was heard!
If you feel as passionately about Adult Education as we do, and you want to do your part,
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition provides a direct link where you can email your state rep and senator and join the call in supporting the many, many adult education programs across

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