Senators Call for Commitment to Funding Adult Education in FY 2017

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.

National Coalition for Literacy Announces Presidential Candidate Survey

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.

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Candidate Survey

Fact Sheet

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Letter to Candidates

House and Senate Introduce Resolutions Recognizing AEFL Week

For the seventh consecutive year, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) has asked Members of Congress to declare this week National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Resolutions were introduced by Senator Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in the Senate on September 17th, and by Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) in the House of Representatives on September 22nd.

The Senate resolution was cosponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Gary Peters (D-MI).

The House resolution was cosponsored by Susan Davis (D-CA), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. John Yarmuth (D- KY), and Rep. Raúl Grijalva, (D-AZ).

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Begins Today

Welcome to Adult Education and Family Literacy week! To help launch the week, the National Coalition for Literacy is pleased to announce two new messaging pieces that can be customized for direct service providers, prospective donors, and policy makers and distributed for AEFL Week:

In other news, the Senate resolution recognizing AEFL week was introduced last week. We expect the House resolution be introduced sometime today.

Continue to send your AEFL week ideas to: ncl@ncladvocacy.org. We will keep posting them here between now and the end of September. You can also visit and post ideas and photos on our Facebook page.