Uniqueness of each local education agency.
Excerpt from an interview with:
ROBERT E. EHLERS by CUBA Z. MILLER
May 31, 1995
Elk Grove, California
Would you have your own nominations for … whether you want to call them
demonstration sites or exemplary schools or ideal places to visit if you want
to see a good adult school? Any special programs that you've become familiar
with that you'd like to —
Yes, I would. Every one in my region was exemplary.
Oh, how nice! [Laughter]
No, there are some.… You know, each program is unique. Now, we've got …
let's just take a couple examples. We've got districts that are [primarily
located] in retirement centers: Acalanes. You know, probably 80 percent of
their program is in senior programs. Santa Cruz is the same thing, a lot of
retirement people there. You'll go to some places where 80 percent of their
effort is in ESL, and I think they're each exemplary in their particular area.
It's difficult in California because of the uniqueness of all of our
communities to have uniqueness in all ten areas. But you get some of your
larger programs, they cover all the bases, and I'm thinking [of] some of the
ones in Santa Clara County, Alameda County. You know, I had a lot of programs
in that area, but then we've got some little new-start programs with 15 units
of a.d.a. where they've maybe generated 5 or 6, and they're doing some great
things in one or two classes there. But I think it's the dedication of the
people that were doing the programs.