National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assists adult learners in need of literacy services, leverages local resources, and supports increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.
NCSDAE recently worked with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) on a sign-on letter, now being circulated by Senator Reed and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) requesting increased funding for the Adult Education State Grant Program in FY 2017.
We invite you to contact your Senators and ask them to sign on to the Reed/Blumenthal letter requesting funds for Fiscal Year 2017 for the Adult Education State Grant Program. A copy of the letter is posted here. (A version on letterhead will be produced once they have obtained signatures.) Deadline is March 15th.
The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), partnering with NCL member ProLiteracy, recently sent a survey on adult education issues to the 2016 Presidential candidates, highlighting the critical relationship between adult education issues and our nation’s economic and social well-being. As we noted in our letter to the candidates, improving America’s economic competitiveness will remain a daunting challenge for the next President as long as there continues to be 36 million American adults with low basic reading, writing, and math skills. This literacy skills gap costs our nation billions of dollars annually in lost revenue and in increased costs for health care, corrections, welfare, and unemployment.
We plan to publish the responses we receive here on the NCL Web site. In addition, we are making the materials developed for this initiative freely available for use/adaptation by state and local advocates. These materials include a fact sheet, a copy of the survey, and a copy of the letter we sent the candidates. Feel free to modify our questionnaire for other races—and let us know if you receive any responses.