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Money Saving Cuts Threaten Historic School

By Vienna Montague, Producer
Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 20 2013 08:22:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2013 10:31:27 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A new money saving effort by Governor Jerry Brown could have a major effect on California's educational system; especially adult education.

Under the new system responsibility for adult education would shift into "K-Thru-12" districts and community colleges.

An adult school in Oroville, however,  isn't going down without a fight.

Nearly 2,500 adults have been enrolled in the Oroville Adult Education School over the last year. Adult schools offer community based classes to some of the state's neediest adults. Most attend the school to get their high school diploma.

"If this place wasn't here I definitely wouldn't be able to afford school," Breezy Kniss, a student at the school said. " I have three children.  I just bought a house.  I have a fulltime job."

The school has been in Oroville for 88 years, but it's slated to close in June. The programs taught will be offered at Butte College instead as part of an effort to cut costs by the Governor.

Letters are being written and faxed to legislatures encouraging them to vote against the Governor's plan. On Mar. 19, a sub-committee in the assembly voted against the governor's plan. A small victory for the school, but there are still more battles ahead.

Butte College said they are unable to move forward on the proposed change until Sacramento contacts them, so it is still possible that adult education in Oroville will remain intact.