3/26 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief Update   
Both the House and Senate passed the American Rescue Plan through the reconciliation process, and President Biden signed the bill into law earlier this month. While the bill does not include $1 billion in direct adult education funding, adult education is an allowable use of the broader education funds. We provided a summary of the bill so that you know which pots of funding to advocate for at the state level.
 
As we have reported, there will be another chance to advocate for the $1 billion in adult education funding! The administration and Congress are starting to work on a second COVID-19 relief package (commonly referred to as the “infrastructure package”) that could include direct funding for the Adult Education State Grant program if we keep making our voices heard and pressing for dedicated funding. The timing for this package will likely be summer 2021. If you have not done so already, please use this action alert to reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of adult education.   
 
Appropriations Update
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations process is beginning on Capitol Hill. COABE is engaging on a two part ask for adult education for FY2022. We are calling for funding for the Adult Education State Grant program to be doubled over the next 5 fiscal years. To reach this goal, we are advocating for $810 million (an increase of $135 million over FY2021) for the Adult Education State Grant program for FY2022.
 
We expect both the House and Senate “Dear Colleague” letters to be circulating for sign-on by Members of Congress in the next week or so. On the House side, the letter is being led by Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Yarmuth (D-KY). On the Senate side, the letter is being led by Senator Reed (D-RI). The letters will likely include a request to increase funding for the Adult State Education Grant Program to $810 million for FY2022, and a request to put the program on a glidepath to have its funding doubled in the next 5 years. 
 
We need your help to ensure that our “Dear Colleague” letters receive a significant number of signatures. Remember, the more signatures a letter gets, the more support is demonstrated for the Adult Education State Grant program in Congress. Please reach out to your legislators using Engage and request that they demonstrate their support for adult education by signing on to the forthcoming letter in their respective chambers
 
Capitol Hill Days Update
It is an exciting time of the year in that COABE’s two weeks of Capitol Hill Days have officially begun! We kicked off Capitol Hill Days on Wednesday, March 24th, and it will continue through Tuesday, April 6th. State leaders and advocates will be meeting with their Senators and Members of Congress across Capitol Hill to advocate for adult education. Our major asks of policymakers will be to include $1 billion in funding for adult education programs directly in the next relief/infrastructure package, to fund the Adult Education State Grant program at $810 million in FY2022, and to sign the appropriations “Dear Colleague” letter (described above) in support of adult education. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to make our voices heard on Capitol Hill, and we are thankful to all of the advocates and legislators participating in meetings over the next two weeks.

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3/18 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief Update  
Both the House and Senate passed the American Rescue Plan through the reconciliation process, and President Biden signed the bill into law last week. While the bill does not include $1 billion in direct adult education funding, adult education is an allowable use of the broader education funds. We provided a summary of the bill so that you know which pots of funding to advocate for at the state level.

As we have reported, there will be another chance to advocate for the $1 billion in adult education funding! The administration and Congress are starting to work on a second COVID-19 relief package (commonly referred to as the “infrastructure package”) that could include direct funding for the Adult Education State Grant program if we keep making our voices heard and pressing for dedicated funding. The timing for this package will likely be summer 2021. If you have not done so already, please use the action alert below to reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of adult education.  

Appropriations Update
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriations process is beginning on Capitol Hill. COABE is engaging in a two part ask for adult education for FY2022. We are calling for funding for the Adult Education State Grant program to be doubled over the next 5 fiscal years. To reach this goal, we are advocating for $810 million for the Adult Education State Grant program for FY2022. Stay tuned for more information on the appropriations process, including an update on the adult education Dear Colleague letters in the House and the Senate and accompanying action alerts.

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3/12 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief Update  
Both the House and Senate have passed the current COVID-19 relief bill through the reconciliation process and President Biden signed the bill into law yesterday. While the bill does not include $1 billion in direct adult education funding, adult education is an allowable use of the broader education funds. We provided a summary of the bill so that you know which pots of funding to advocate for at the state level.

As we have reported, there will be another chance to advocate for the $1 billion in adult education funding! The administration and Congress are starting to work on a second COVID-19 relief package (commonly referred to as the “infrastructure package”) that could include direct funding for the Adult Education State Grant program if we keep making our voices heard and pressing for dedicated funding. The timing for this package will likely be summer 2021. If you have not done so already, please use the action alert below to reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of adult education.   

Other Federal Updates
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was confirmed by the Senate last week with bipartisan support by a 64-33 vote. For your awareness, COABE submitted a letter to Secretary Cardona to advocate for $1 billion in funding for adult education, doubling funding for the Adult Education State Grant program over the next 5 years, and testing and accountability waivers.   

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3/5 Update

Federal COVID-19 Relief Update 
We continue to advocate for $1 billion in direct adult education funding to be included in the next COVID-19 relief bill. As we have reported, the Biden administration and Congress are working on an initial package which is likely to include education funding broadly and we expect adult education will again be an eligible use of funds. We do not, however, expect $1 billion in direct adult education funding to be included in this package. This package is moving through the reconciliation process and passed out of the House late last week. The Senate is currently considering the package and we expect it to pass out of the upper chamber in the coming days. The House would then need to repass the Senate version of the bill and send it to President Biden. We expect the package to be signed into law in the next week or so.

While this current package is moving ahead, there will be another chance to advocate for the $1 billion in funding! We are hearing that the administration and Congress are starting to work on a second COVID-19 relief package that could include direct funding for the Adult Education State Grant program if we keep making our voices heard and pressing for dedicated funding. The timing for this package will likely be summer 2021. Please use the action alert below to reach out to your Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of adult education.  

Other Federal Updates
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona was confirmed by the Senate on Monday evening with bipartisan support by a 64-33 vote. For your awareness, COABE submitted a letter to Secretary Cardona to advocate for $1 billion in funding for adult education, doubling funding for the Adult Education State Grant program over the next 5 years, and testing and accountability waivers for 2020 and 2021.   

As we reported last week, Senator Reed sent a letter to President Biden to raise awareness of the importance of adult education and to echo our funding requests – both for the next COVID-19 relief package and for fiscal year 2022 and beyond. Twelve Senators joined Senator Reed by signing on to the letter to signal their support for adult education – Senators Angus S. King Jr., Richard Blumenthal, Chris Van Hollen, Robert P. Casey, Jr., Sheldon Whitehouse, Bernard Sanders, Margaret Wood Hassan, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeffrey A. Merkley, Sherrod Brown, and Debbie Stabenow. We thank Senator Reed for his leadership on this letter and all the Senators listed above for their support.  

Lastly, we want to thank everyone AGAIN who sent the Capitol Hill briefing invitation to their Senators and Members of Congress. The event was an incredible success and provided a meaningful opportunity for policymakers to hear from people like you, adult educators in the field. For those of you who want to view the briefing, a recording can be found here.  If you have not done so already, please use the action alert below to thank those who joined, and to send out the recording and more information for those who missed the event.

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