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Update on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Yesterday, the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), bipartisan, bicameral legislation reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, by a nearly unanimous vote of 415-6. The legislation was previously approved overwhelmingly by the Senate, 95-3. It now moves to President Obama for his signature. ProLiteracy supports WIOA as a crucial step […]

Update on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, formerly the Workforce Investment Act). WIOA passed by a vote of 95 to 3 on June 25. WIOA is the key piece of federal legislation that, under Title II, funds adult education programs. An amendment to WIOA from Senator Flake that […]

ProLiteracy Response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives recently worked together to draft proposed legislation for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (formerly the Workforce Investment Act). This is an important step toward reauthorizing the key piece of federal legislation that funds adult literacy and basic education. ProLiteracy supports the legislation as a crucial step toward […]

The Importance of Financial Literacy

April is Financial Literacy Month, a month dedicated to educating Americans about their personal finances. For some Americans, living “paycheck to paycheck” is a result of low-paying jobs that barely cover essential living expenses. For others, it may just mean they lack the knowledge or tools to plan and follow a budget, handle credit responsibly, […]

Urge Your Elected Officials to Retain Adult Literacy Funding

In the month of April, several Congressional committees and subcommittees will be meeting to determine appropriations for the FY2015 federal budget. Contact your elected officials today and urge them to keep adult literacy and basic education programs in mind as they make these important funding decisions. As a reminder, President Obama’s FY2015 budget request included […]

President Obama’s FY15 Budget Request
President Obama's FY15 Budget Request

A $20 million increase for adult education! Well, kind of… President Obama has requested $597.7 for Adult Basic and Literacy Education in his FY2015 Budget Request–this is an additional $20 million over FY2014. But the additional $20 million does not go to state grants. Instead, it is designated for “Skills Challenge Grants” that will go […]

Is Education A Good Idea for Incarcerated Adults?

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently launched an initiative to offer college education programs to inmates in some New York State prisons. There are some who see this as a misuse of public funding. But is it really a more efficient use of public money? After all, research out of the University of California […]

Census Bureau Goes Online: About Time or Exclusionary?

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to collect data in a brand new way…Rather than surveying Americans via postal service and face-to-face interviews, the agency will contact people by email or text, urging them to respond online. Some may wonder why it’s taken the federal agency until 2014 to do so! And others may be […]

Invest in Library Literacy!

Read our op-ed on library literacy published in the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com: Invest in libraries; they are windows into digital literacy for adults (Commentary) By Kevin Morgan A week or so ago, I stopped by the Petit Branch Library in the late afternoon on a workday to pick up a book on hold. I […]

On National Digital Learning Day, Don’t Forget Literacy

On National Digital Learning Day, ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, stresses that digital learning is incomplete without basic literacy. Digital Learning Day, February 5, is a nationwide recognition of innovative teachers and effective applications of digital learning. Studies show that digital learning is only truly effective when […]

ProLiteracy Calls President’s New Job Training Initiative a Step in the Right Direction

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, today commended President Obama for his initiative to launch an “across-the-board reform of America’s [job] training programs,” as announced in his fifth State of the Union speech, given January 28, 2014. The President declared this initiative the opportunity to “train Americans with […]

Adult Literacy Overlooked by Congress Again

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, expressed disappointment today over the spending bill passed by Congress January 16 that cut $30,000 in adult education funding. “After the Skills 2013 report released in October showed that the United States ranks 16th out of 24 countries in adult basic competencies, […]

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