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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


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

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Advocacy Needed on WIA Reauthorization & Appropriations

—A Weekly Education and Advocacy Update

By Washington Partners With Jackie Taylor

Grassroots Advocacy Actions Needed This Week:

Call Congress Today!WIA Reauthorization: Adult education advocates who are constituents of House Education and the Workforce Committee Members should act immediately to preserve funding for adult education in WIA reauthorization. The National Coalition for Literacy learned last Friday that markup is to be scheduled for this Thursday, June 7. If your House Member is on this Committee, please call your U.S. Representative’s D.C. office with this message: “Do not consolidate adult education funding (Title II) in WIA reauthorization.

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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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Protecting Adult Education Funding During Challenging Times

—A Weekly Education and Advocacy Update

By Washington Partners with Jackie Taylor

President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and even Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) had thought developing a budget for FY2013 would be a less contentious task this year, as last summer’s debt ceiling measure included an agreed upon FY2013 spending cap.  That was then.

Now it appears that House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) and many other Tea Party Members are insisting that the number be reduced and deep cuts in entitlement and domestic discretionary…

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Adult Education & Family Literacy Public Policy Advocacy Updates

—October 2011

By Jackie Taylor and Ellen Fern

Action items are listed first in this month’s update:

  • American Jobs Act (Action)
  • WIA Reauthorization (Action)
  • Budget and Appropriations (Update)
  • Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (Update)
  • ESEA Reauthorization (Update)
  • Advocacy Workshops & Tools
  • 2012 House Calendar and Congressional Visits

American Jobs Act

A few weeks ago, the American Jobs Act was brought to the Senate floor where it died quickly. The only way both Democrats and Republicans…

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Public Policy Advocacy Updates

By Washington Partners and Jackie Taylor

Advocacy Updates

WIA Reauthorization

On Thursday, June 9, the Senate released a discussion draft of Title I of the proposed Workforce Investment Act reauthorization for stakeholder comment. Titles II – VI are being released separately over the next several days. The National Coalition for Literacy is analyzing the draft and preparing recommendations to submit to the HELP Committee staff by this Friday, June 17. To ensure you receive a copy of NCL’s recommendations, subscribe to our blog’s RSS feed or follow us on…

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President’s Update, June 2011

By Heidi Silver-Pacuilla

NCL held its first-ever Congressional Hill Briefing on May 12 in co-sponsorship with the House Adult Literacy Caucus. Thank you to Jennifer Foster, Steve Reder, and Alex Quinn who came to DC to present on their cutting-edge projects and thank you to all who attended. It was great to have so many people there to discuss 21st Century Solutions to Adult Literacy. That we had both co-chairs there to talk about these issues, take our questions, and provide guidance for our advocacy work was a real benefit. Check out the [ Read More → ]

Adult Education’s Latest on the Hill

Adult Education’s Latest on the Hill

By Washington Partners and Jackie Taylor

FY2012 Appropriations

On May 20, the House reached its deadline to submit its programmatic funding priorities to Chairman Rehberg (R-MT), as reported in NCL’s May 22 Update. This was a quick turnaround for signatures, and advocates did well in calling attention to this opportunity to their House Members. Final Copy of Roe-Hinojosa Letter

Several of you received commitments from your House Member to sign on, but given the time constraints…

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The Latest on Adult Education in Congress

—Budget and Appropriations Update and Action Alert

By Ellin Nolan and Jackie Taylor

No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. —Judge Gideon J. Tucker, 1866

Friday the 13th. It always has an ominous ring and, for education advocates, given last week’s events, this day was no exception. On Wednesday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) announced

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What the Proposed Long-Term FY2011 Continuing Resolution Means for Adult Education & Family Literacy

A Budget, Appropriations, and Advocacy Update

By Jackie Taylor and Ellen Fern

FY2011 Appropriations

Congressional leaders agreed late Friday to a compromise that will keep the federal government funded for the remainder of the fiscal yearaverting a government shutdown less than an hour before it was set to start. They also passed a short-term resolution that would fund the federal government through Friday, April 15.

By passing  a new, one-week extension, both chambers were given the time to work out the legislative language for a final agreement to cut an…

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Public Policy Advocacy Update, March 2011

By Jackie Taylor and Ellen Fern

FY2011 Appropriations Update—Is it Over Yet?

The 6th short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) will expire on April 8th.  Early reports indicated that talks between the House and Senate were not going well and that a government shutdown was more likely. However, today’s new development reveals a tentative agreement on a package that cuts an additional $23 billion compared to current funding, $33 billion compared to FY2010, or a total of $73 billion compared to President Obama’s FY2011 budget proposal.

Speaker Boehner had directed the Appropriations staff to…

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Even Start Family Literacy, Van Horn Urges Congress and Administration to Get Facts Straight

Even Start’s funding was eliminated as part of the CR that ended last Friday, March 18, 2011. Even Start has often been widely misunderstood and inaccurately reported as ineffective. Below is a letter from Barbara Van Horn, Reading Co-Director of the  Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and Board Member with the National Coalition for Literacy, who sets the facts straight about Even Start Family Literacy.

Action Request: To add Even Start back to the full year FY2011 Continuing Resolution, a congressional champion must advocate and negotiate for it as part of the FY2011 long-term CR negotiations. [ Read More → ]

Public Policy Advocacy Update

By Jackie Taylor and Washington Partners


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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Public Policy and Advocacy Update, October 2010

By Jackie Taylor

Vote! Key Legislators and Midterm Elections

Several key legislators who support adult education are up for re-election. See Midterm Elections: what are they? What is at stake?. On page 10, Art Ellison, NH State Director and NCL Executive Board Member, discusses what adult education advocates should know for the coming election. He also lists key House and Senate Members running for re-election.

If you haven’t yet, see Project Vote Smart’s “Vote Easy” website. Vote Smart is a non profit, non-partisan organization helps you sort…

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Public Policy and Advocacy Update, September 2010

By Jackie Taylor


Members of the Senate voted 69-30 on Tuesday evening, September 28, to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep government operating until Dec. 3.

The House passed a CR  on Wednesday and Congress is on recess until after the November 2 elections. They are expected to be back the week of November 15, then on recess for the week of November 22, and return the week of November 29 until the 111th Congress is done.

Congress passes a CR when appropriations bills are not passed by October 1,…

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A Huge Success! Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2010

By Jackie Taylor

Many supporters celebrated National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week September 13 – 19, 2010. Thank you to all who participated, making it such a huge success!

“This week was an opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community,” said Spiros Protopsaltis, Senior Policy Advisor with Congressman Polis, during the NCL Literacy Leadership Awards reception on September 15.

Congressman Jared Polis led the US House of Representatives in dedicating this week for two consecutive years. Each year, the House must repeat the process to dedicate the week for adult…

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President’s Update, September 2010

By Heidi Silver-Pacuilla

Hello all, I am honored and excited to take on the role of President of the National Coalition for Literacy. Thank you for your vote of confidence. I look forward to a year of learning from all of the members, policymakers, and advocates.

With the announcement of the Adult Literacy Caucus, we have an incredible opportunity to move the cause of adult literacy to a more central policy conversation where it belongs—deeply entwined with the conversations on the economy, jobs and a competitive workforce, poverty, gender equity, health and wellness, civic involvement, parenting and early childhood, dropout…

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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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Public Policy and Advocacy Update

By Marsha Tait and Jackie Taylor

Many irons in the fire, but will Congress get it all done before November? Updates this month include appropriations, WIA, ESEA, and TANF reauthorization, immigration reform, House resolution for dedicating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2010, advocacy for Even Start and for including adult education in the National Education Technology Plan.


Despite the fact that adult education serves approximately two and a half million of the ninety-three million adults in need each year, adult education has been nearly flat funded for almost a decade,

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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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