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Action Request: Help Dedicate National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week!

Friends of Adult Education, English Language Services, and Family Literacy,

The National Coalition for Literacy has some terrific news for you! This week, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce, for the fifth year in a row, a House resolution designating the week of September 23-29, 2013 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week 2013!

In addition, for the third year in a row, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) will introduce a bipartisan resolution that also recognizes this important honorary week. We are very appreciative of…

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Alert: Preserve Funding for Adult Education in WIA Reauthorization!

Tell Congress to Vote NO on H.R. 803!

Tell Your U.S. Rep. to Vote NO on H.R. 803Issue: As soon as this Thursday, March 14, the House will vote on H.R. 803 as the next step in reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  Created in 1998 through a bipartisan process, WIA is the legislation which provides for adult education programs (Title II).

H.R. 803 would threaten the ability of states and communities to educate low-skilled adults and English language learners and prepare them for self-sufficiency by allowing states to consolidate adult education funding together with a newly-created Workforce Investment Fund. This new fund…

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Invite House Members to Cosponsor Resolution Dedicating National AEFL Week!

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) is introducing a resolution in the House of Representatives to recognize the week of September 10, 2012 as National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week! Would you like your U.S. Representative to support adult education and family literacy by cosponsoring this resolution?

If so, then please call his or her office today, requesting your U.S. Representative sign on as a co-sponsor.

Deadline to sign as a cosponsor: July 31, 2012

Instructions:

  1. Call your U.S. Representative’s office. Ask to speak to the legislative staff who covers

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Preserve Funding for Adult Education in WIA Reauthorization!

Issue: This Thursday, June 7, the Education and the Workforce Committee will likely markup The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297) as the next step in reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Created in 1998 through a bipartisan process, WIA is the legislation which authorizes funding for adult education programs.

If this bill were to become law, it would allow states to consolidate adult education funding together with a newly-created fund that provides for a broad set of general workforce activities, including job seeking services, without requiring states to…

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Alert: Do Not Consolidate Adult Education Funding in WIA Reauthorization!

Issue: On March 29th, Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297). As early as next week, the full Committee may meet to markup the bill as the next step in reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

Created in 1998 through a bipartisan process, WIA—the legislation which provides for adult education programs—has not been updated since then. Now, House Republicans are moving their legislation forward to markup.

The National Coalition for Literacy has several concerns…

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Alert: Ask Senators to Sign Webb Dear Colleague Letter in Support of Adult Education Funding

DEADLINE: Noon, March 28, 2012

Dear Adult Education & Literacy Advocate,

Issue: Just like in the House, Senators have been asked to submit their funding priorities for FY 2013 to the Chair of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Webb wants to make sure that adult education is a priority for every Senator. He is sponsoring a letter that all Senators can sign, making it easier for Senators to prioritize adult education funding for FY2013. Since the letter does not have a Republican co-sponsor, it will be especially important for constituents of Republican…

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33 House Members Sign in Support of Adult Education Funding

Dear Adult Literacy Advocate,

Thank you for joining us in the action alert asking U.S. Representatives to sign the Roe-Hinojosa Dear Colleague Letter in support of adult education funding! Your efforts resulted in 33 U.S. Representatives signing the letter. [Copy of Letter] Well done! Thank you to NCL Member Organizations and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education for activating their networks.

Next Steps:

—If your U.S. Representative…

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Alert: Ask House Members to Sign Dear Colleague in Support of Adult Education Funding!

UPDATED: 3-15-12

House Adult Literacy Caucus Co-chairs Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) have issued a bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter in support of federal funding for adult education for FY2013. We need everyone to take a few minutes today to call your U.S. Representative’s office and ask him or her to sign the letter.

Congressman Rehberg, Chair of the Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, has asked Members of the House of Representatives to submit their funding priorities for FY2013. We would like…

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Public Policy Advocacy Update

By Jackie Taylor and Washington Partners

Advocacy

The following alerts are live; act now on them:

If the 2-week stop-gap continuing resolution (CR) is passed without changes to Even Start, then Even Start will be eliminated. In addition to calling your legislators to save Even Start, it is critical that we get all Members of Congress to visit adult education and family literacy programs while they are back home. Congress has scheduled Constituent Work Weeks each month for legislators to travel back…

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Alert: Update Congress on Adult Education

By Jackie Taylor

Friends and colleagues,

We are up against a tough Congress that has strong momentum for cutting spending. Additionally, NCL heard that WIA reauthorization is likely to be one of the first items to be considered in the new Congress. Does your Member of Congress have the most recent information on adult education in your community? It’s time to update the 112th Congress about the importance of adult education before they are faced with difficult decisions that will impact it.

Action Request:

Who: Program

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Next Steps for Even Start

By Kevin Talley and Jackie Taylor

The House and Senate are finalizing a short term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through March 4, 2011. A more conservative 112th Congress will make the funding decisions to finish out the FY11 program year. Many of these Members were elected on promises of slashing spending. This leaves adult education and family literacy funding in a vulnerable and uncertain state. In particular, Even Start (ES) historically has been targeted, among other small education programs, for cuts.

You can take the following steps now to elevate the…

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Adult Literacy Caucus: Update and Alert!

The following Members have joined the House Adult Literacy Caucus to date:

  • Dan Maffei (D-NY), Co-Chair and Sponsor
  • Phil Roe (R-TN), Co-Chair
  • Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
  • Donna Edwards (D-MD)
  • Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ)
  • Alan Grayson (D-FL)
  • Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
  • Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX)
  • Hank Johnson (D-GA)
  • John Olver (D-MA)
  • Bill Owens (D-NY)
  • Jared Polis (D-CO)
  • David Price (D-NC)
  • C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D – MD)
  • John Sarbanes (D-MD)
  • Harry Teague (D-NM)
  • Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
  • Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
  • John Yarmuth (D-KY)

Five MD House Members have joined thus far (good work!). Hats off also to…

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Good News! Alert! House Adult Literacy Caucus

Adult Literacy Advocates:

We have some exciting news for you! Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY) is sponsoring an Adult Literacy Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives!

Congressional caucuses are organizations for Members of Congress to advance causes that are important to them. A House caucus is a group of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who share something in common, whether personal (ex: the Congressional Hispanic Caucus), related to a district’s needs (the Congressional Rural Caucus) or about House Members’ interests or concerns, like the new Adult Literacy Caucus.

Now that Congressman Maffei has formed the House

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Act Now to Dedicate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2010!

Update and Thanks!

Dear Adult Literacy Advocates:

Thank you to all who contacted their Members of Congress in response to alerts on this issue. Your calls made a difference!

Special thanks to advocates in Colorado for their advocacy work with Congressman Polis. Congratulations to advocates in New York, Arizona, Texas, California, Maryland, Kentucky, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina, Maine, DC, Minnesota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Tennessee and the Northern Mariana Islands who cinched commitments from House members to co-sponsor the resolution (H. Res. 1472).

If your House Member co-sponsored the resolution, now is a good time to follow up with a note

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Increase Funding for Adult Education and Family Literacy!

The National Coalition for Literacy requests immediate action now on Appropriations for Adult Education and Family Literacy:

Action: Please call, email, or fax your two Senators with this message:

“Please increase funding for adult education to at least $750 million to provide services to potential students placed on waiting list for services.”

Talk about the need and demand for services in your area. Share the 2009-2010 NCSDAE Adult Student Waiting List Survey and discuss the waiting list numbers in your program or

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Advocate for Change During WIA Reauthorization

Urge Congress to Reauthorize WIA NOW!
Weigh in: What Changes in Adult Education Do You Want Most?

Deadline: January 15, 2009

The Workforce Investment Act, Title II—the legislation that makes federally funded adult education programs possible—hasn’t changed since it was first authorized in 1998. Thanks to your advocacy efforts, Congress is now working to change it. Now it is time to tell Congress what changes you want to see most in adult education programs.

Remember, this is reauthorization, not appropriations. We will ask you to weigh in…

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