In a difficult economy, where money is tight for governments as well as individuals, GED programs face cutbacks. The state of New York is considering a substantial cut in funding for GED programs, from $3.9 million to $2.4 million dollars, because they cannot find other areas to cut the budget. It’s a 38 percent cut in a program that directly impacts many people’s lives and their ability to find better jobs and improve the economy. In the scope of a $9 billion dollar budget deficit, the benefit is minimal. In a state that ranks 48th out of 50 in the GED pass rate, the budget cuts will only make the state’s GED problems worse.
Still, budget cuts affecting GED programs don’t stop in New York. The Conejo Valley Adult School in Thousand Oaks, California is facing a 40 percent budget cuts, and that means increases in fees and decreases in classes. Ultimately, it means a less well-prepared workforce. GED preparation classes are endangered at Cochise College in Nogales, Arizona because of a budget bill that cuts state funding for adult education programs. The problem is widespread. There is a drive to save money, right now, at the risk of sacrificing future benefits.
Where is the solution? No one wants a budget deficit, but it’s undeniably important to have a better prepared workforce to fuel economic recovery. Adults without a GED or high school diploma are the first to become unemployed and the most dependent on government aid, causing … Read MoreContinue Reading