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Federal Judge says Literacy is NOT a Right
Posted by Peter Waite on July 09, 2018 in categoryAdvocacy
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The recent court ruling in Detroit that literacy is not a basic human right has stirred considerable interest and debate throughout the nation. It is particularly fitting that this discussion has happened as the nation celebrated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 242 years ago.

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Lighting Sparks for Adult Education This July 4th
Posted by Peter Waite on July 03, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
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As we pass by the 4th of July, we are once again reminded of the critical importance of literacy as a vital foundation to our democracy. We are finally gaining some additional traction in awareness and support for literacy.

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In Loving Memory of Barbara Bush
Posted by Peter Waite on April 18, 2018 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNews
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We truly lost an icon in literacy with the passing of Barbara Bush at 92. While there have been other champions for literacy, Barbara Bush was in a league of her own. Mrs. Bush was different than others who have promoted the value of literacy and importance of reading—she always went further. Not content with being the nation’s great “cheerleader” for literacy, as she used to say, she took it a step beyond by seeking support and new allies in the effort to expand literacy programs everywhere. 

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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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