Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
I hope you will find this letter in the best of your health. I am writing this letter regarding an article “ Cuts To Affects School Programs and Supplies” went through my eyes written by Elissa Gootman in the New York Times, which was published on July 31 , 2004 and another article which was written by , The United Federation of Teachers , published on their website at WWW.UFT.ORG on May 4 2008 with the heading of “ Keep The Promises”. According to these articles, your budget team or your administration announced to cut 3 % education budget cut on the top of more than 324 million dollars in cuts already proposed for fiscal year 2008-2009. And top of that you have requested school principals to cut their budget or reduce 5% .In addition, it came to my knowledge” programs after school” is going to be affect most. Adult and after school programs are facing 64% cut in funding. By reducing or eliminating after school programs, will leave a very bad impact on adults life. Because, these are people who are seeking to improve their life by attending after school programs such as GED, English learning program. So they can improve their lives and help their kids after school hours at the same time while putting their efforts to make their future bright.
According to UFT, 48 % schools are cutting their after school class, eliminating their tutoring and cutting weekend classes. This 64% budget cut would eliminate over 33,000 full time instructional seats and affect about 50,000 students. Without any advertising the waiting time to get a seat in English Language Program in New York City is about six to nine months. So, it is clear this budget cut will directly lead to illiteracy.
Major area would affect due to budget cut will be adult learning programs and adult literacy programs. According to survey one in four adult New Yorkers does not speak English well. About 80 – 90 % population in New York City is...