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Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2019
Posted by Michele Diecuch on September 24, 2019 in categoryCEO DeskcategoryAdvocacycategoryMember Tips
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2019

It's National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week, now through September 28. And it’s time to show your support for adult literacy!


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New Rules to Stir Up Fear and Concern for Immigrants
Posted by Michele Diecuch on August 16, 2019 in categoryCEO DeskcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
New Rules to Stir Up Fear and Concern for Immigrants

The final regulations regarding “public charge” and immigration have been released by the Department of Homeland Security. These regulations stiffen the existing provisions regarding both income and the use of public services for prospective immigrants. While the existing regulations provide an understandable parameter for limiting immigration, the new regulations set much higher limits and will likely keep even existing legal immigrants from seeking any subsidized services.


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Important Supreme Court Ruling on Census 2020
Posted by Michele Diecuch on July 01, 2019 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
Important Supreme Court Ruling on Census 2020

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s proposal to add a question to the 2020 Census about an individual’s citizenship status is unconstitutional. The Court has asked the Department of Commerce for further justification. Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. wrote that agencies must offer “genuine justifications for important decisions …” and that “accepting contrived reasons would defeat the purpose of the enterprise.”

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Legislative Update: Proposed Increases for Adult Education
Proposed Increases for Adult Education

Last week, the House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee budget proposal, which includes adult education, was released. It calls for an $11.7 billion overall increase, including a 6 percent increase for the Department of Education. TODAY, the House Appropriations Committee will meet to consider FY2020 allocations for the 12 government funding bills, including a mark-up of the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee bill.

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App-to-Speed Learning Circles for ABE Learners
App-to-Speed Learning Circles for ABE Learners

Learning circles have shown to help adults on literacy program waiting lists or to supplement or intensify their learning progress. By offering learning circles, adult ABE programs can help low-literate native English speakers to quickly learn and effectively use free- or low-cost apps to improve their reading and writing skills. In addition to low-literate adults needing to acquire reading, writing, and numeracy skills, use of computers, tablets, or smart phones as part of regular instruction is becoming increasingly important.

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