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Measuring Trends in Adult Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on March 01, 2018 in categoryAdvocacycategoryMember Tips
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Each year, we conduct a survey of ProLiteracy’s 1,000 member organizations in all 50 states to measure local programmatic activities. With an emphasis on tracking multi-year trends in the field, we ask about services provided, student and instructor demographics, instructional methods, and funding sources.

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The Voices of Adult Literacy: Letters to the Representatives
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on February 23, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryAdvocacy
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In April 2017, ProLiteracy launched its Letters for Literacy Campaign to advocate against the proposed federal budget cuts for FY 2018. We asked individuals and organizations to reach out to their local legislators and senators to stress the significant role that funding for adult literacy programs plays in our shared communities. Here are their words.


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What does raising the caps mean for adult literacy?
Posted by Peter Waite on February 14, 2018 in categoryAdvocacy
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Last week Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that contained important changes to the FY18 and FY19 budgeting process. These changes included a significant raise in the budget ceilings (known as caps) for both defense and non-defense discretionary funding. Raising the caps allows for significant increases in the overall spending in these areas for both fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

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Budget Update: Big News for Adult Literacy Programs
Posted by Peter Waite on February 09, 2018 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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Early this morning, Congress passed a budget extension that includes a two year agreement to raise the budget caps on both defense and non-defense spending. This bill was signed by the president and will now be the basis for the development of a final 2018 budget and will provide the budgetary blueprint for a 2019 federal budget.

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Trump says "let's invest in workforce development and job training."
Posted by Peter Waite on January 31, 2018 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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The recent State of the Union address by President Trump contained several references to issues vital to adult literacy programs. For the first time in many years the speech specifically called out the importance of supporting “workforce development and job training.”

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