In preparation for a policy panel discussion at the upcoming COABE conference on Monday, April 3, NCL members have prepared an update on the federal outlook for adult education as of March 30, 2017.
The Adult Literacy Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has been re-certified for the 115th Congress. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) will continue as caucus sponsor and Republican co-chair. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) has agreed to serve as Democratic co-chair, taking the place of Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, who retired last year. Two weeks ago, the offices of Rep. Roe and Rep. Yarmuth distributed a “Dear Colleague” letter, inviting all members of the House to join the Caucus.
The current members of the Caucus are listed here. If your representative is not on the list, we hope you’ll consider asking them to join. (Feel free to reference the Dear Colleague letter when contacting them.) Be prepared with a concise message that includes your name, your address (to show you’re a constituent), contact information, and what you are calling/writing about (joining the Adult Literacy Caucus).
In response to the October 13 Answer Sheet article outlining Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s positions on public education, Deborah Kennedy, President of the National Coalition for Literacy, has sent the following letter.
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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.