Monday, March 24, 2014

Ask Your U.S. Rep to Support Adult Education Funding in FY2015!

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Alert: Ask Your U.S. Rep to Support Adult Education Funding in FY2015!
Ask Your U.S. Representative to Sign the Roe-Hinojosa Dear Colleague Letter
Issue: Right now, Congress is making decisions on federal spending levels for FY 2015. Members of the House of Representatives have been asked by Congressman Kingston, Chair of the Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, to submit their funding priorities for FY201. Will adult education be on your U.S. Representative’s list? House Adult Literacy Caucus Co-chairs Phil Roe (R-TN) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) want to make sure that adult education is a funding priority for every House Member. They are sponsoring a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” sign-on letter that your U.S. Representative can sign, making it easier for all House Members to prioritize adult education funding for FY2015. Ask your U.S. Representative to sign on today!
Action Request:
  1. Call YOUR U.S. Representative’s office (click here for the #). Ask for the staff person who handles education issues*.
  2. Ask: “Please ask the Congressman to sign the Roe-Hinojosa Dear Colleague letter in support of funding for adult education in FY2015.”
  3. Offer to send the staffer a copy of the letter, which you can find here:Copy of Letter
** NOTE: If Congressman Roe or Hinojosa is your U.S. Representative, call to thank him for cosponsoring this Dear Colleague Letter supporting adult education funding.
Phone Numbers: Click here and enter your zip code in the box to quickly find your U.S. Representative’s phone number.
Suggested Talking Points (optional):
  • Federal funding for adult education, which currently serves fewer than 2 million of the 36 million who could benefit from services, has decreased in real terms by 17% in the last decade not including the devastating impact of sequestration (CLASP, 2013).
  • While many workforce and education programs had their FY14 funding restored above the dangerous post-sequester levels, federal funding for adult education remained unchanged. No funds taken through sequestration in FY13 were restored in FY14.
  • Adult education programs in virtually all 50 states have waiting lists for services. [XXX] number of adults are on waiting lists in our state [Look up your state’s wait list count here.]
  • Adult education is key to our state’s economic success. Nationally, adults without a high school diploma are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed than adults with some college (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013).
Fact Sheets You Could Email to Them in Follow Up to Your Call:
FYI, background information for you about Dear Colleague Letters is below. Contact NCL Policy Chair Marcie Foster ( if you have questions.
Call your representative today and let us know what they say!
NCL’s Advocacy Team
Background About “Dear Colleagues”
The alert request is for you to contact your U.S. Representative asking him or her to sign on to the Roe-Hinojosa Dear Colleague Letter in support of adult education funding.
It is not for practitioners to sign on. Please do not contact Congressman Roe’s office to sign your own name to the letter.
So what is a “Dear Colleague” letter, anyway?
A dear colleague is an "in-house" method for Congressional Members to communicate with other Members of Congress. It has multiple uses, such as:
  • encouraging them to sign joint letters in support of a particular bill;
  • asking them to cosponsor legislation;
  • encouraging their support for a floor amendment; or
  • sharing information from their district, such as a news article or an event.
In general, co-sponsoring or signing on to a Dear Colleague letter for adult education appropriations is an example of how your legislator can be proactive and protect adult education funding for the next fiscal year.
If your House Member cannot sign on for whatever reason, you might encourage him or her to support adult education in other ways, such as in conversations with other Members of Congress or appropriations committee staff. Or by joining the House Adult Literacy Caucus. Send them this invitation to join. 
For more information on the Roe-Hinojosa Dear Colleague Action Alert, visit NCL's blog where we are posting live updates.
For more information on advocating for adult education, visit the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit
Thanks again,
NCL's Advocacy Team

Friday, March 7, 2014

California Adult Education Consortium Program

Preliminary Information from CoE Submissions - 2/24/14 

Partnership Data by Region Cluster (Highlights) 
• Bay Area – mostly WIBs & CBOs - very few ROPs & COEs.
• Central Coast – mostly WIBs, COEs, Jails, Libraries & CBOs.
• Central Valley – mostly WIBs and CBOs.
• Inland Empire – information provided not conclusive.
• Los Angeles Area – mostly WIBs, Unions/Employers, & CBOs.
• Far North – mostly Jails & County Services. More than half included Libraries and COEs.
• Orange County – mostly WIBs, Unions/Employers, County Services, & Libraries.
• San Diego – mostly WIBs & CBOs.
Workforce Investment Boards 
• 56 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included WIBs in their plans (80%)
• 41 of the 49 WIBs are included in the consortia plans (83%).
County Office of Education 
• 33 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included COEs in their plans (47%).
• 38 of the 58 COEs are included in the consortia plans (65%)
Regional Occupation Centers & Programs 
• 20 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included ROPs in their plans (28%).
• 28 of the 72 ROPs are included in the consortia plans (38%).
Other Partners 
• Community Based Organizations: 44 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included CBOs in their plans (62%)
• County Social Services: 41 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included County Social Services in their plans (58%)
• Public Libraries: 36 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included libraries in their plans (51%)
• Unions/Employers: 36 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included Unions/Employers in their plans (51%)
• Jails: 28 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included jail programs in their plans (40%)
• State Partners: 26 of the 70 Regional Consortia have included a state agency in their plans (37%)