Adult Learner Transportation Subsidy Pilot Program
Submitted by David J. Rosen on February 21, 2018 - 5:50pm
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For many adult basic skills programs student services such as childcare, on-site advising and counseling, and transportation are difficult or impossible to get funded. This article from Street Sense Media offers information about a new pilot transportation subsidy in Washington D.C. (in the District itself) for adult basic skills learners. This is the pertinent paragraph:
Lecester Johnson, CEO of Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, testified on the barrier of transportation costs that hinder low-income adult learners’ ability to get to school. Deputy Mayor Niles recently partnered with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to launch the Adult Learner Transportation Subsidy Pilot Program, which from Jan. 1 to June 2018 will provide adult and alternative learners with $50 per month for transportation costs, with the goal of improving attendance rates. Johnson called for DDOT to continue the pilot program for a full school year.
Is this unique or is there support for adult learner transportation in other parts of the country? How does your state, county, city or town, or program. meet this need?
In the 1990's, in rural Massachusetts, low income adult learners didn't have a reliable form of transportation to get to their adult literacy program. As a participatory adult learner project to address this problem they created their own transportation service, bought a van and drove it themselves. They also learned a lot about public transportation and social change activism. Read more about this in the Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook Edited by Andy Nash. The transportation project is described on pages 149 - 151. There are many other fascinating projects described in this handbook.
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Program Management group