Dallas ISD working to transition adult education program

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After helping thousands of adult students learn to read and write, Dallas ISD’s decades-long stewardship of the adult education program is nearing an end.

A grant from Workforce Solutions of Dallas/Texas Workforce Commission is expiring at the end of 2014. District staff is working on a transition plan to make sure that the work of students and teachers continues uninterrupted.

“The work done through this grant has transformed thousands of lives under the leadership and coordination of Dallas ISD,” said Paula Blackmon, senior executive for intergovernmental affairs and community relations for Dallas ISD. “We are committed to working with workforce groups and the transitioning entity that will receive this program to ensure that it continues to serve adults in a meaningful way throughout our community.”

It is not known at this time which organization will absorb the adult education program, but the district will work closely with Workforce Solutions of Dallas so that students and teachers in the program feel little disruption in their classes. A goal is to ensure that all students will transition to the new program and that as many teachers as possible will be retained.

The district has secured a commitment for classes to continue to be offered in their current facilities through June 30, 2015. All students currently enrolled will continue to be served through the program.

A plan to move the program to another entity is expected by Nov. 15 and the transition should be completed by Dec. 31.

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