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OPS Discontinues GED and Adult Education Classes

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Meghan McRoberts

OMAHA (KPTM)- Omaha Public Schools voted in a school board meeting on Monday to discontinue the Adult Education and GED classes.

There are currently over 800 students enrolled in the adult education classes, and over 200 will take the GED this year.

One adult student, Ken Hill says because of the program, "I love going to school, I look forward to going to school… really it gives me a lot of confidence."

Ken has been in the class for over 4 years, and now goes to school 4 days a week. He worries the cut to the program will hurt his education, "When I first went there I couldn't even read ‘the', and now I can read."

 But school officials say the program doesn't fit the school system's mission of building the K-12 program, and during a time of budget deficit, this is a cut they feel will be beneficial to K-12.

Ken Spellman, with OPS says"we're in the business of students obtaining the high school diploma. The adult basic education program, it does not do that."

 The program is funded by a $300,000 grant, that officials say they will apply for this year to allow to the program to continue through the 2011-2012 school year, but they will not re apply for the grant for the 2012-2013 school year. The cut would save the district around $120,000.

School officials hope the gradual transition will help some current students end the program that are close to finishing. Spellman says they hope other community entities like Metro Community College will apply for the grant and carry on the service for the students.

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