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Feds' dated literacy study cause for IC ESL cutback

Monday, August 26, 2002

Free English classes for SL immigrants may not stay free

There is little hope for reversing the funding cuts that have forced Iowa Central Community College in Storm Lake to cut back on the hours for English as a Second Language classes, although the formula responsible for the cuts may be flawed.

The ESL classes for adults seeking to learn functional English, most of the Latinos, have been cut down from 25 hours a week to 18. GED classes, which help adults go back and earn a high school level diploma, shrink from 22 hours down to 18.

ICCC officials say they had no choice but to cut hours, as their funding from the federal government continues to shrink.

Read what ICCC officials say about their funding. Pick up your copy of the Pilot Tribune today.

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