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Adult Literacy's Role in the Skills Gap
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on November 15, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacy
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There is a gap between what employers want or need their employees to be able to do, and the skills employees possess. Good, high-paying jobs are unfilled while American workers lack the skills to fill them. This keeps many workers in the dark and unable to enter or remain in the middle class. Their lack of advanced skills means they are constantly faced with low wages and the incapacity to accomplish financial stability. What can we do to close the gap?

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Will Tax Reform Have a Negative Impact on Adult Literacy Programs?
Posted by Peter Waite on November 02, 2017 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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The good news was that the first budget drafts showed no significant cuts to adult education or related programs of value to our field, such as Americorps. The disappointing news is that the ongoing discussions and refinement on the budget and tax reform has included no discussion about adult education or workforce development. 


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Increasing Public Awareness of Low Adult Literacy
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on September 12, 2017 in categoryFacts & ResearchcategoryAdvocacy
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Take a look at some of the results of this year's Omnibus survey on public awareness of the adult literacy issue in the United States.


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The Fork in the Road to Funding for Adult Basic Education
Posted by abeContentEditor on July 25, 2017 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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Both the House and Senate appropriation committees have been working on the overall federal budget allocations for fiscal year 2018. These are particularly important discussions, especially to the adult literacy field. The president’s proposed budget for FY18 contained a number of significant cuts to programs of vital importance to adult basic education and ProLiteracy members and students.

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The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education

Dr. Steve Reder’s research is significant in that it is nearly the only research of its kind that shows the correlation between obtaining literacy skills and a return on investment related to improving an adult’s life and future. We must capitalize on the findings of this study to help stakeholders act in order to advance adult literacy and education.

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