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LPS finalizes plan to drop adult education

The Lawton Public Schools will no longer have an adult education department after the current school year ends Friday.

LPS Superintendent Tom Deighan told the Lawton Board of Education at Tuesday night's regular meeting that the district's Lawton Area Lifelong Learning Center will not be applying for the Oklahoma Department of Education grant that pays for general equivalency diploma (GED) and English as a second language (ESL) classes for community adults. Without the grant to fund the adult education program, those services will cease.

Tech center to assume responsibility

However, the adult education programs at the Great Plains Technology Center will greatly increase next year, as GPTC will be applying for the state's adult education grant instead, Deighan said.

The reason for the change is a law Gov. Mary Fallin signed a few weeks ago, that puts the responsibility for adult education programs under the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, the superintendent said.

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