Legislative Action Alert: Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Resolution

LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor a Resolution Dedicating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

ACT BY: Monday, Sep 15 (House); Tuesday, Sep 16 (Senate)

The National Coalition for Literacy has some terrific news! This month, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce, for the sixth year in a row, a House resolution designating the week of September 22-28, 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week!

In addition, for the fourth year in a row, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will introduce a Senate resolution that also recognizes this important honorary week.

Coming on the heels of the near-unanimous passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), this year’s AEFL week will not only celebrate the critical role that adult education, English language services, and family literacy plays in our country, but the opportunities that lie ahead in the implementation of WIOA. WIOA calls for a strengthening of our adult education programs so that learners can both improve their literacy and prepare for postsecondary education and employment.

In previous years, states and communities have followed this national leadership, establishing state and local resolutions to honor the importance and impact of adult education. It ultimately serves to leverage local partnerships, resources, and funding for adult education and family literacy nationwide.

How You Can Help

The good news is that we will not need a minimum number of co-sponsors to move either piece of legislation forward. However, it will be important to show strong, bipartisan support for our issue by having Representatives and Senators stand behind the commemoration of this week.

Action: Call or email your Members of Congress (both your Representative AND Senators). Click here to enter your zip code and find contact information for your Members.

Message: Please sponsor the resolution for National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2014! (To support this resolution, interested Members of Congress should contact the Congressional staffers listed below.)

· House offices should contact Allie Kimmel with Representative Polis’ office to sign on in support by September 15.

· Senate offices should contact Ariel Evans with Senator Murray’s office by September 16.

At a time when education is facing significant budgetary challenges, it’s critical we lift every voice for adult education and family literacy. Our nation’s economy and well-being depend on it.

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