The recent release of the White House Budget Blueprint for fiscal year 2018 has a number of proposed budget reductions and program eliminations that will result in a significant reduction in resources for many local programs and their students.
The proposed reductions for the Departments of Education and Labor will likely reduce much-needed direct support for program operations and student support. The proposed eliminations of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, 21st Century Learning Centers, and the Community Development Block Grant Program represent significant losses of resources that benefit many programs and students.
While we recognize the need to make progress toward the goal of a balanced budget, given the critical need of an educated workforce, and the significant need for programs that can improve the basic skills of adults, we believe that these proposed reductions and eliminations will in fact reduce economic growth and federal revenue.
These programs represent relatively small federal investments and in all cases generate significant additional state, local, and private funding. This additional leveraging of resources allows programs to continue to serve more students with very limited financial support.
We encourage programs, volunteers, and students to express their support for these programs and the students they serve. ProLiteracy will continue to support efforts to ensure the continuation of these programs and funding streams.
Let your representatives know that maintaining funding for adult education is a priority.
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