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Adult Education Reduces Poverty

Adult education helps those living in poverty to improve their quality of life, get or keep a job, and earn a family-sustaining wage.

The working poor often need to have 2-3 jobs just to earn enough to barely sustain themselves and their families. They often rely on social services just to make ends meet. The rate of poverty increased in America during the recent recession (Joint Economic Committee report). Poverty hits those with low educational attainment and their families the hardest. In 2009, 24% of adults aged 25+ without a high school diploma lived in poverty, 12% of those with a high school degree or equivalent did so, and the rates continue to drop with educational attainment (American Community Survey).

What’s the Issue?

Poverty hits those with low educational attainment and their families the hardest. Adult education can impact national priorities like reducing poverty and dependence on public assistance.

What Do We Need to Do?

We need to raise awareness of adult education issues nationwide, increase access to adult education services reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act now, and make adult education and family literacy an integral part of the solution in addressing national priorities.

How Can You Help?

See what quick actions you can take now to support adult education:

 
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