This letter is in response to the Feb 1 article regarding Adult Education budget cuts for 2011-12. Our state is facing tremendous budgetary challenges. However, I believe it is a mistake for our legistature to cut funding to a program which beneifits so many. Adult Ed. assists students in obtaining skills and knowledge for employment while earning a high school diploma or GED. Why the need for adult education services? About 265,800 Utahn's are on public assistance. Approximately 12,000 are housed in correctional facilities. Research indicated that about 75% of America's state prison inmates did not complete high school. Crime doesn't pay but diplomas do! I hope the legislature will consider these statistics while deciding on our next budget. 1) Each adult high school diploma and GED generates nearly $800 in state income taxes annually. 2) Adult Ed. educated 26,227 students. The per pupil cost came to only $352. 3) High school graduates are more likely to avoid welfare by 75%. 4) As an adult education teachers, I think the best econmic stimulus package for my students is a diploma!