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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, […]

Can Improving Literacy Help Decrease Poverty?

Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” has been much in the news this week, as we marked 50 years since its introduction. In the Wall Street Journal, Robert Rector’s opinion piece “How the War on Poverty Was Lost” cited that the federal government has spent more than $20 trillion the last 50 years on welfare programs. Yet  the poverty […]

New Data on U.S. Adult Literacy is a Reality Check

The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) (http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/piaac/), released last week, signals the need for increased and continued investment in adult education. Some of PIAAC’s findings include: Low literacy skills continue to be a major problem in the United States. One in six adults has low literacy skills. In addition to low reading […]

How the Government Shutdown Affects Adult Literacy

Questions abound concerning the partial federal government shutdown that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on October 1. Most importantly, “What does a government shutdown mean?” and “How does it affect me?” Even if you not are not one of the 818,000 workers furloughed,[1] the shutdown affects you. The government shutdowns means that any federal […]

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