D EAR ABBY: I have worked the last 25 years serving in adult education, helping students complete their high-school equivalency diploma.
Big changes are impending in this very important educational service. Starting in 2014, the cost may go up. Until two years ago, the classes in our community were free. The testing cost $7.50, which paid for a printed diploma. Since then, the cost has gone up - first to $25 and then to $35.
Now the GED program has been bought by a for-profit organization and the costs will go higher than ever. Furthermore, it will no longer be possible to take the test using pencil and paper. It will all be done on computer.