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Syracuse, NY 13206

E-mail: jackie@jackietaylor.net
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Legislative Alerts

August 31, 2012

House and Senate Resolutions 
This August, two resolutions - H.Res. 756 and S.Res. 546-have been introduced in Congress recognizing National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week for September 10-16, 2012! 
For the fourth consecutive yearCongressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a resolution in the House recognizing the importance of adult education and family literacy and the need to support programs serving these individuals.  The House resolution has 15 U.S. Representative cosponsors:

Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] 
Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] 
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] 
Rep Hinojosa, Ruben [TX-15] 
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] 
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] 
Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] 
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] 
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] 
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] 
Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] 
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] 
Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] 
Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] 
Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3]

For the second consecutive yearSenators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a resolution (S.Res. 546) in the Senate also recognizing the importance of adult education and family literacy, adult learners, and the programs that serve them.  The Resolution was passed by unanimous consent by the full Senate on August 2, 2012. 
The Senate Resolution has 8 Senate co-sponsors:

Sen Alexander, Lamar [TN] 
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] 
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] 
Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] 
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] 
Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] 
Sen Webb, Jim [VA] 
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI]

Why This Matters 
Both the House and Senate resolutions bring national attention to the critical role adult education and family literacy plays in the lives of adult learners, their families, and our communities.  They help to raise awareness of these important issues within the halls of Congress and in our country. It is critical that Congress and the general public understand why adult education and family literacy is a wise investment, how it impacts lives and communities, and the return on investment it makes to our economic well-being. This takes cultivation from supporters, educating Congress and the general public on these issues.

When your Members of Congress cosponsor these resolutions, it shines a light on their support for adult education and family literacy. It creates new, follow up opportunities with each of them. And when the time comes, we can more likely count on them to support funding or legislation for adult education and family literacy. 

Action Request 
If your Member(s) of Congress is listed above, please contact his or her office today, and thank him or her for co-sponsoring the (House or Senate) resolution.  It is important that their constituents acknowledge their support of these issues. 

Instructions:

  1. Find your Member of Congress' contact information here: http://www.capwiz.com/ncl/callalert/index.tt?alertid=61782666
  2. Call and ask to speak to the legislative staff who covers adult education and family literacy. If the legislative staff is not available, leave a voice mail message for him or her.
  3. Thank the Member of Congress for supporting the resolution recognizing National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 2012.
  4. Leave your location and contact information. You might wish to follow up in email with information about your program, number of students served, successes and challenges, and waiting list numbers, if applicable.

Remember, you are cultivating champions, educating them, and establishing yourself as a resource person for them. Keep up the good work!


June 5, 2012

House Alert! Call Now to Preserve Funding for Adult Education in WIA Reauthorization! (Deadline Thursday, June 7) http://bit.ly/LiSnLI

Who is this alert for?
Adult Ed advocates who are constituents of House Education and the Workforce Committee Members. (Committee Members:http://edworkforce.house.gov/Committee/SubcommitteesJurisdictions.htm)

Advocates in these Congressional districts should call their U.S. Representative to preserve funding for adult education in WIA reauthorization. COABE learned that markup is definitely scheduled for this Thursday, June 7. If your House Member is on this Committee, please call your U.S. Representative’s D.C. office with this message: “Do not consolidate adult education funding (Title II) in WIA reauthorization.” Committee Members need to hear from their constituents on this issue. (Alert Details).


Senate Alert! Do Not Cut Adult Ed Funding During Appropriations Markup (Deadline Tuesday, June 12) http://bit.ly/AE2013Funding

Who is this alert for?
Adult Ed advocates in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin  

The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee is planning to markup the FY2013 appropriations bill on June 12. This bill provides adult education funding. We want to make sure that Senators on the Subcommittee understand that you believe adult education funding should not be cut during this markup process and that cuts would be devastating.  Senate Subcommittee Members need to hear from their constituents about why it is important to preserve level funding for adult ed. (Alert Details)


March 7, 2012

Dear COABE Members,

I have one action request and one update re: SaveAdultEd.org:

1)   Alert: Ask Your U.S. Representative to Sign Roe-Hinojosa Dear Colleague in Support of Funding for Adult Education

House Adult Literacy Caucus Co-chairs Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) have issued a bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter in support of federal funding for adult education for FY2013. COABE urges you to take a few minutes today to call your U.S. Representative’s office and ask him or her to sign the letter.

Congressman Rehberg, Chair of the Labor HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, has asked Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to submit their funding priorities for FY2013. We would like adult education to be a priority on every House Member’s list. This sign-on letter makes it easier for all House Members to prioritize adult education funding for FY2013. But time’s short; deadline for U.S. Representatives to sign on is March 16, 2012. We ask that your local area generates at least 100 calls in your district to your U.S. Representative asking him or her to sign in support.

You can find phone numbers and a copy of the full alert here:

http://bit.ly/R-HDearColleague

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has already signed on. We’ll post live updates here:
http://bit.ly/WhoSignedOn

It only takes a minute to call and another minute to ask 4-5 people to call. Please take action today so that we can protect federal adult education funding for FY2013.

2)    SaveAdultEd.org is guest blogging for the National Coalition for Literacy. The following articles are live:

See the full listing of articles here: http://bit.ly/SaveAEBloggers

This is an opportunity to learn how our colleagues in Los Angeles are fighting against the proposed elimination of adult education, see how we can help, and share the key takeways this offers for you and for all of us. Show your solidarity. Add your voice to their blogs and sign their petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/defend-adult-education-for-the-99-in-los-angeles

Thanks for all you do and for the difference that you make,

Jackie

Jackie Taylor
COABE President Elect 2011-2013
Public Policy Chair


February 6, 2012

Dear COABE Members,

The House Adult Literacy Caucus is holding a briefing this Wednesday, February 8 (see below/attached).

Adult Literacy Caucus Briefing Invite (PDF)

Please call today to invite your legislators and their education staff to attend. This is an important opportunity to keep them informed of who we are, what we do, and to share promising practices.

Thank you to the advocates who helped cinch RSVPs from the following offices. Are your legislators on the list? If not, then please extend the invitation (attached) to your legislators and their education staff today:

Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Congressman John Barrow (D-GA)
Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA)
Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (D-NY)
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Congresswoman Kathleen C. Hochul (D-NY)
House Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Adult literacy is also a bipartisan issue. Please help ensure that we have an equal balance in attendance from both sides of the aisle. More information is attached / below.

Thanks for all that you do! Best...Jackie Taylor, COABE President-Elect, Policy Chair

Are Your U.S. Legislators Friends of Adult Literacy?—Invite Them to Get (More) Involved!

Whether your U.S. Legislators are champions of adult literacy or new to adult literacy issues, invite them or their education staff to attend the upcoming House Adult Literacy Caucus Briefing! 

February 8, 2012
1539 Longworth House Office Building
2:45 pm — 4:00 pm

Building Our Competitive Edge:
How Adult Education Leverages Multi-System Partnerships for Student Success 

http://blog.ncladvocacy.org/2012/01/save-the-date-house-adult-literacy-caucus-briefing

Open to all Members of Congress in the House and Senate, Congressional staff, and advocates, the briefing provides an opportunity to learn how adult education leverages partnerships for student success. Call your U.S. legislators' offices today and extend a personal invitation for them to attend.

As you may know, Congressional staff change positions frequently.  New staff, or staff new to our issues, may have adult education in their portfolio, but they may not have the latest information on the needs, challenges and success stories related to adult education. Congressional staff educate and make recommendations to their bosses about positions and votes that impact many aspects of adult education. That’s why we must make every effort to keep adult education fresh in their minds with the latest information and innovative practices. And we need your help!

Request: Call your U.S. Representative’s and Senators’ Washington, DC offices: Contact Info 
(Act now through NCL's Take Action page on Facebook for greater impact.)

Message: Request to speak to the staff person who handles education issues for the Member. Ask them to attend the House Adult Literacy Caucus briefing and bring the Member of Congress if he/she has time.

Talking points:

  • This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest solutions in adult education.
  •  Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges in leveraging partnerships that maximize student success.
  • Offer to email or fax this Dear Colleague letter  with the briefing details.
  •  The education staff should RSVP by emailing Stephanie Gregg at sgregg@wpllc.net.
  • While speaking to the education staff of your U.S. Representative, consider also inviting the Representative to join the Caucus. A current list of Caucus Members can be found here.

Then forward this email to those who you think will also take action.

Briefing Details:
February 8, 2012
1539 Longworth House Office Building
2:45 pm — 4:00 pm

Building Our Competitive Edge:
How Adult Education Leverages Multi-System Partnerships for Student Success

At least 30 million adults in the U.S. do not have the education or English language skills needed to compete for today’s jobs. These adults commonly turn to adult education programs to boost their basic skills and obtain employment or prepare for further education. Due to an increasing demand for postsecondary credentials and higher-level skills, adult education programs are developing effective partnerships with community colleges, community-based organizations, and the workforce system to ensure their students can earn the credentials and gain the skills they need more quickly and efficiently.

Join the House Adult Literacy Caucus to learn about model programs that have developed partnerships to enhance their adult basic education and English language learning services to be more competitive in a changing economy.

Featured Model Programs

Barry Shaffer, Minnesota State Director of Adult Education and Co-director,
Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative, Minnesota Department of Education

FastTRAC’s innovative approach helps educationally underprepared adults succeed in well-paying careers by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand.

Rita Daniels, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers and Advocates (LVA), Washington, DC

LVA collaborates with agencies and organizations—such as GED preparation, employment services, job readiness training, and re-entry programs—to help adults accelerate through literacy levels and achieve their literacy goals. Literacy Volunteers and Advocates is a community-based organization in the District of Columbia that works exclusively with adults below the 6th grade equivalency level.

Tom DuBois, Director of New Initiatives, Instituto del Progreso Latino

Mr. DuBois will share how the Instituto del Progreso Latino, through its career pathway programs in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction, partners with various organizations to bridge limited English-proficient individuals into college advanced certificate programs.  These programs prepare and place students into careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), programmers of computer numerical control machines (CNCs), and certified experts in Building Energy Technologies (BET).

RSVP to: Stephanie Gregg

Thank you to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Southwest Airlines
for helping to make this opportunity possible.


January 31, 2012

Dear COABE Members and COABE Contact Network:

Congress continues to work on a plan to extend unemployment insurance for 2012 but it could contain a provision to deny UI benefits to workers based on education level. Not only is this unfair, but it is also an unfunded mandate. The conference committee working on the legislation meets tomorrow to discuss the bill. Now's a good time to remind your U.S. legislators, especially if one or more is on the conference committee, that we oppose this proposed requirement (see list below).

We need calls in to Congress today and tomorrow especially, and through February until this issue is resolved. Please see below.

Thanks ~ Jackie Taylor, COABE President Elect and Policy Chair

Tell Congress:
Do Not Require A HS Diploma or Its Equivalent in UI Extension
Pass A Fair UI Bill

Dear Advocate,

Twenty (20) Senators and U.S. Representatives will meet in conference committee this Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 10:00 am ET to further discuss issues and work out their differences surrounding the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011, H.R. 3630. House Republicans are expected to once again push for a condition that would deny unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to any worker who lacks a high school diploma or its equivalent and is not enrolled in classes to earn one—regardless of how long the person worked or whether he or she has access to adult education, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).

Now is a good time to reach out to conferees asking them to Say No to requiring a HS diploma or its equivalent in an unemployment insurance extension for 2012.

The current extension expires on February 29, so Congress will need to act quickly in order to continue these benefits while figuring out how to pay for them, according to the Associated Press.

Action Request:

Who: All advocates, especially if your Member of Congress is among the conferees listed below:

Senate Democrats:
Max Baucus (MT)
Jack Reed (RI)
Ben Cardin (MD)
Bob Casey (PA)

Senate Republicans:
Mike Crapo (ID)
John Barrasso (WY)
Jon Kyl (AZ)

House Democrats:
Allyson Schwartz (PA)
Sandy Levin (MI)
Xavier Becerra (CA)
Chris Van Hollen (MD)
Henry Waxman (CA)

House Republicans:
Kevin Brady (TX)
Nan Hayworth (NY)
Tom Reed (NY)
Dave Camp (MI)
Renee Ellmers (NC)
Tom Price (GA)
Fred Upton (MI)
Greg Walden (OR)

Contact Your Members of Congress:

By Phone or Email
1.    Call or write your U.S. Representative and Senators today. Contact Info: http://bit.ly/FairUI4 
(Take action through NCL's Facebook page for greater impact: http://on.fb.me/FBActNow)
2.    Ask them to Say No to requiring a HS diploma or GED in an unemployment insurance extension for 2012.
3.    Use 1-2 of the suggested talking points and speak from your experience. Share local waiting list data, if applicable.


Post on Your U.S. Representative’s and Senators’ Facebook Walls

Via Facebook:
1.    Go to your House Member's Facebook page and click the ‘Like’ button at the top.
2.    Then post this message to his or her wall: "Please say no to any UI extension plan that includes a HS diploma or GED requirement in order to maintain unemployment insurance benefits.”


Tweet to Your Members of Congress

Via Twitter:
1.    Search to see if your U.S. Representative and Senators are on Twitter. Follow them.
2.    Then send a tweet like this, using the #FairUI hashtag:
(@insert your House Member's or Senator’s Twitter handle) Please say no to any UI extension plan that includes a HS diploma or #GED requirement in order to maintain benefits. #FairUI

For example:

@repsandylevin Please say no to any UI extension plan that includes a HS diploma or #GED requirement in order to maintain benefits. #FairUI 


Blog About It!

Cross post this blog posting on your blog, with a cross link back to the National Coalition for Literacy as the source. Or adapt it to fit your circumstance. Add your program or community data about adult education and make it your own.


Stay Involved

Learn more about social media strategies and tips. Visit our Connect Page for more information.

Sign up to receive future email alerts or text messages from the National Coalition for Literacy about actions needed for adult education and family literacy.


Why Take These Actions on UI?

Adult educators understand the necessity of an education—it helps adults get and keep jobs with family sustaining wages and lead richer, fuller lives. But what is not acceptable is to demand that those who have effectively contributed to the system for years through the payment of UI taxes—and who then were laid off due to no fault of their own—be denied UI on the basis of their education level. It is at best, mean-spirited and at worst, unjust.

Unlike other policies that open doors to adult education in order to boost education levels and help individuals attain self-sufficiency, this provision also offers no funding to assist unemployed worked obtain a GED credential. As such, this requirement is an unfunded mandate on an already overburdened system.

If this proposed provision were in the best interests of adults and families, additional funding and much needed supports would be put into place simultaneously focused on opening the doors to more adult  education programs. As it stands, this UI provision would be the wrong  policy needed at a time when we really should be trying to do all that we can to help adults get back to work. Its intent is punitive and goes  against meaningful adult education reform. We need your help to turn this around!


 

Teach Congress about the needs of undereducated workers and of the adult education and literacy system. Call Congress todayAnd pass this email on to those who you think may be interested.

 

January 30, 2012

Dear COABE Members and the COABE Contact Network:

I hope this email finds you well. We have a new opportunity to educate/inform/inspire education staff and Members of Congress about adult education and literacy. Please see the alert below and invite your U.S. legislators and their education staffs to attend a House Adult Literacy Caucus briefing on February 8. Your U.S. Representative does not need to be a member of the Caucus in order to attend.

We need just a few calls made to each office from constituents, so please call today so they can get it on their calendars. It is a relatively easy request to make of them.

Thanks for all you do,

Jackie Taylor
COABE President Elect
Public Policy Chair

 

Is Your U.S. Representative a Friend of Adult Literacy?—Invite Your House Member to Get Involved!

http://bit.ly/z71DHh/

Whether your U.S. Representative is a champion of adult literacy or new to adult literacy issues, invite the Member of Congress or his or her education staff to attend the upcoming House Adult Literacy Caucus Briefing!

February 8, 2012
1539 Longworth House Office Building
2:45 pm–4:00 pm

Building Our Competitive Edge: How Adult Education Leverages Multi-System Partnerships for Student Success

Open to all Members of Congress in the House and Senate, Congressional staff, and advocates, the briefing provides an opportunity to learn how adult education leverages partnerships for student success. Whether or not your U.S. Representative is a member of the House Adult Literacy Caucus, call today and extend a personal invitation to attend.

As you may know, Congressional staff change positions frequently.  New staff, or staff new to our issues, may have adult education in their portfolio, but they may not have the latest information on the needs, challenges and success stories related to adult education. Congressional staff educate and make recommendations to their bosses about positions and votes that impact many aspects of adult education. That's why we must make every effort to keep adult education fresh in their minds with the latest information and innovative practices. And we need your help!

Request: Call your U.S. Representative's and Senators' Washington, DC offices. Contact Info:
http://bit.ly/CallInfo

(Act now through NCL's Take Action page on Facebook for greater impact: http://on.fb.me/kH9kQj)

Message: Request to speak to the staff person who handles education issues for the Member. Ask them to attend the House Adult Literacy Caucus briefing and bring the Member of Congress if he/she has time.

Talking points:

* This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest solutions in adult education.
* Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges in leveraging partnerships that maximize student success.
* Offer to email or fax this Dear Colleague letter with the briefing details:
http://bit.ly/xJJEYK   
* The education staff should RSVP by emailing Stephanie Gregg at sgregg@wpllc.net .

Then forward this email to those who you think will also take action.

Briefing Details: February 8, 2012
1539 Longworth House Office Building
2:45 pm–4:00 pm

Building Our Competitive Edge: How Adult Education Leverages Multi-System Partnerships for Student Success

At least 30 million adults in the U.S. do not have the education or English language skills needed to compete for today's jobs. These adults commonly turn to adult education programs to boost their basic skills and obtain employment or prepare for further education. Due to an increasing demand for postsecondary credentials and higher-level skills, adult education programs are developing effective partnerships with community colleges, community-based organizations, and the workforce system to ensure their students can earn the credentials and gain the skills they need more quickly and efficiently.

Join the House Adult Literacy Caucus to learn about model programs that have developed partnerships to enhance their adult basic education and English language learning services to be more competitive in a changing economy.

Featured Model Programs

Barry Shaffer, Minnesota State Director of Adult Education and Co-director,
Minnesota FastTRAC Initiative, Minnesota Department of Education


FastTRAC's innovative approach (http://www.mnfasttrac.org/approach.html) helps educationally underprepared adults succeed in well-paying careers by integrating basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand.

Rita Daniels, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers and Advocates (LVA), Washington, DC

LVA (http://www.lvanca.org/) collaborates with agencies and organizations---such as GED preparation, employment services, job readiness training, and re-entry programs---to help adults accelerate through literacy levels and achieve their literacy goals. Literacy Volunteers and Advocates is a community-based organization in the District of Columbia that works exclusively with adults below the 6th grade equivalency level.

Tom DuBois, Director of New Initiatives, Instituto del Progreso Latino

Mr. DuBois will share how the Instituto del Progreso Latino (http://www.idpl.org/index.htm), through its career pathway programs in healthcare, manufacturing, and construction, partners with various organizations to bridge limited English-proficient individuals into college advanced certificate programs.  These programs prepare and place students into careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), programmers of computer numerical control machines (CNCs), and certified experts in Building Energy Technologies (BET).

RSVP to: Stephanie Gregg at sgregg@wpllc.net 

Thank you to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation (http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/landing.aspx) and Southwest Airlines ( http://bit.ly/wBR2GK) for helping to make this opportunity possible.


The National Coalition for Literacy Reports Live from the White House During SOTU—Submit Your Questions for Senior Administration Officials During the State of the Union Address 

This Tuesday, January 24, President Obama will present his 2012 State of the Union (SOTU) Address. The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) will be at the White House tweeting live during the SOTU and participating in an interactive, open questions event with senior administration officials afterwards. We’ll have the chance to ask questions about the speech and share questions from our followers on Facebook and Twitter. 

This is a unique opportunity for adult education advocates to engage with the White House and receive in-depth information on the policies and recommendations put forth by President Obama in his speech. The event will be livestreamed widely online and later available for replay at whitehouse.gov. 

Hashtags to follow: #adulted , #SOTU,   #WHchat 

9:00 pm EST: Go to www.whitehouse.gov/sotu to watch the online enhanced version of the speech. According to the White House, you’ll be able to see charts, stats, and data that helped inform President Obama’s policy decisions as he delivers his speech to the nation. Immediately after follows the live interactive panel with senior advisors. 

Here are two ways to send your questions to NCL at the tweetup and create a buzz about adult education online: 

Via Twitter:

1.     Follow @NCLAdvocacy.

2.     Tweet your question and be sure to mention @NCLAdvocacy in your tweet. For example:

@NCLAdvocacy How will you help adults who are not college or job ready acquire the skills they need to be contributors to the economy? #SOTU 

Via Facebook:

1.     Like NCL on Facebook.

2.     Post your question to NCL’s Facebook wall.

Tweeting live and in-person for NCL will be Jackie Taylor, NCL Board Member and Advocacy Chair, who will be in the South Court Auditorium at the White House to watch the SOTU and attend the panel discussion of White House officials.  Thanks toSouthwest Airlines, NCL’s official airline sponsor, for helping to make this opportunity possible. 

Let’s hear you make a buzz about adult education and family literacy online during SOTU. Please share this email with those who you think may be interested.  See you Tuesday night! 

NCL’s Advocacy Team


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