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IRVINE — My grandmother, with an intuitive grasp of free market economics, warned me against rapscallion high school boys: Why would a boy buy the cow if he could get the milk for free? The answer to that question concerns more than dairy farmers. Newspapers — an offhand example — are pondering whether readers will pay for Internet content they have been getting for free.
For 35 years, the Irvine Adult School has provided valuable, wonderful classes to the public. In the past, the state funded most of these classes such as English as a Second Language ESLcomputer skills, or teacher aide certification.
For students, the classes were pretty much free. Districts were allowed to decide how to spend their money and many, including Irvine, used that money to fund K classes instead.
When the semester ended in June, school was slated to end as well. Instead, the Irvine Adult School stuck around. School leaders are gambling that students will pay for classes that were once free.
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The former nonprofit has one year to make itself self-sufficient. Some want jobs; others want to better understand the U. At the last class, each student makes a presentation. Topics have included Indian dancing, yoga or making sushi.
Her students include wives whose husbands were transferred here from around the world on business, and families of visiting professors. When students asked how to use mass transit, teachers built lessons plans around schedules and routes. This is a good way to adopt to the U. Piernicola Cocchiaro and his wife moved to Irvine a year ago from Italy to be near their son. Next year, they will have to rely entirely on their income.
The decision to save the school was made quickly, with no time to mail out the usual class brochure. Internet registration enrolled students instead of the normal 1, The result is fewer classes.
When school restarted in September, it had 18 teachers instead of Those who stayed were willing to reduce their load in exchange for the future. The school hopes to find a marketing intern willing to work for free, but for now Bautista has the job. When a caller recently complained that prices were too high, Irvine Valley College was cheaper, Bautista was quick to disagree: Irvine Adult School has free parking, no health fee, and no residency requirements. The school has ambitious plans.
Without state funding, there are no restrictions on classes they can offer.
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School always had value, but maybe now they are seeing the value … People value what they pay for. The new session starts Jan. Information: www. The Irvine Adult School is another example. Students praise their teachers and the school as the perfect introduction to America.
For this, they are willing to pay. ificantly, attendance this year is higher.
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