Insights - Community Schools for Adults

A $5 million cut to adult education is threatening the existence of the 11 community schools statewide. In addition to the language and recreational classes they offer, the schools are the only licensed examiners for the GED diploma in Hawaii. For the next legislative session, Governor Neil Abercrombie is requesting $2.5 million in supplemental funding for adult education - about half of what the schools currently receive. A federal funding match hinges on the approval of this supplemental funding.

Dan Boylan moderates a discussion with scheduled guests Bebi Davis, 2005 Milken National Educator and former community school student; Rose Galera, small business owner and former community school student; Calvin Shimomura, Principal, Moanalua/Aiea Community School for Adults; and John Vannatta, Principal, Waipahu Community School for Adults.

This conversation was recorded on January 5, 2012 in the PBS Hawaii studio. Insights on PBS Hawaii is presented on Thursdays at 7:30.