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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Measuring Trends in Adult Literacy
Posted by Michele Diecuch on March 15, 2019 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryMember Tips

Every year, ProLiteracy conducts a survey of our 1,000 member organizations in all 50 states to measure local programmatic activities. We ask a number of questions about services provided, student and instructor demographics, instructional methods, and funding sources to measure yearly trends in the field.

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Our Literacy Adventures in Africa
Posted by Michele Diecuch on September 20, 2017 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryWomen's Empowerment

Two ProLiteracy staff members recently returned from a two-week trip to Africa visiting our partnering literacy programs in Kenya and South Africa. Michele Diecuch, director of programs, and Alesha Anderson, a senior program officer for ProLiteracy’s international work, share details from their trip below:

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