Government Relations Alert

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The House appropriations committee released information about the FY 2019 Labor-HHS-Education funding bill to be "marked up." The markup took place yesterday morning at 9:30 a.m. The markup session was webcast. You can view the session (which beings around 13:25 on the replay video).

FY 2019 Appropriations

The bill increases funding for the Department of Education very slightly (by 0.1%), or $43 million over the FY 2018 level. The bill text does not include program funding levels, so it will be awhile before we know many details. We do know that the category Career, Technical, and Adult Education is funded at $1.945 billion, an increase of $115 million over FY 2018, but we don't know how the money is allocated between adult education and CTE. The bill does specify that spending on AEFLA National Activities be frozen at $13.7 million.

Remember that the President's budget recommended that the two programs be funded at $1.6 billion and proposed to reduce adult education funding by $92 million, or about 16 percent. It is clear that the committee has rejected the President's proposed cut.

According to the Committee for Education Funding, the following programs were among those that received increases:

  • TRIO programs - total of $1.1 billion, up $50 million (5.0%). The President's budget provides $950 million.
  • GEAR UP - total of $360 million, up $10 million. The President's budget eliminates GEAR UP.
  • Head Start (in HHS) - total of $9.9 billion, up $50 million (0.5%). The President's budget provides $9.3 billion.

The CEF also reports that the House bill freezes these programs at the FY 2018 level:

  • Title I grants - all Title I programs are at a total of $16.4 billion.
  • All school improvement programs except for Title IV-A,which includes 21st century community learning centers and rural education. 
  • Promise Neighborhoods - at $78 million.
  • Full-service community schools - at $18 million.
  • Indian education - at $180 million.
  • English language acquisition - at $737 million.

It appears that tomorrow's mark up may be quite perfunctory, with amendments being deferred until the bill reaches the full committee.

The Senate will consider its Labor-HHS bill the last week of the month.

Other Legislation

In addition, the Senate HELP Committee is scheduled to mark up its version of the Career and Technical Education reauthorization on Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. To date, there is no bi-partisan agreement on the bill. The House passed its reauthorization bill last summer. We have previously reported that Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray disagree on how much authority the Secretary of Education should have. In the past, both have indicated their desire for a bipartisan bill, but Alexander has been clear that he will move ahead with his own bill if there is no agreement.

Senators Reed and Baldwin will introduce the ''Career and Technical Education for Adult Learners Act" early next week. That bill makes explicit the connection between CTE and adult education. You can find more information about the bill at the Educate & Elevate website. If you are able, call or write your Senators to ask that they support the bill.

The Senate HELP Committee is also supposed to consider the nomination of Scott Stump to be the Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education. 

Research to Practice

THIS MONTH'S THEME: LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

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THIS MONTH'S THEME: LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

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DIFFERENTIATION:
GIVING EVERYONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED

DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
TIME: 2:00 PM, EDT

By the end of this session, participants will be able to recognize different learning styles, identify aspects of their classrooms that may interfere with students’ learning processes, and understand and utilize teaching strategies that can help different types of learners and students with special learning needs succeed.

PRESENTED BY: HEATHER MARTIN AND TARA SCHWAB

Together We Can Move the Needle

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Talking Points for Legislators and Staffers
Once a week COABE sends an email to all legislators and their staffers that highlights our Talking Points. The emails have a 10% click rate which is excellent for congressional emails according to industry standards. You can review our "Talking Points" HERE

3 Clicks/Quick Fire Tool Gains Momentum
The field has come together in an unprecedented fashion to make nearly 80,000 contacts with legislators over the last 14 months! Please continue to encourage members in your state to contact their legislators. It is easy and extremely effective. Click HERE!   

Note: COABE can customize a state level campaign for your state. Contact sharonbonney@coabe.org for details. 

COABE and Oregonians Honor Congresswoman Bonamici

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The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and new member organization, Oregon Adult Basic Skills, gave Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici the Champion of Adult Education Award on Tuesday, May 29th. The event was attended by local members of COABE, which includes Portland, Chemeketa, Clatsop, and Mt. Hood community colleges, who presented Bonamici with the Champion of Adult Education Award in front of adult basic education and English for speakers of other languages students at the Rock Creek Campus. 

The organization honored the congresswoman for her work on the PARTNERS Act, which promotes registered apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs for small and medium-sized businesses within in-demand industry sectors. Along with the PROSPER Act (which prepares students through expanded access for careers and degree completion), adult basic education students are able to find pathways to living-wage jobs and degree completion.

In addition, the Congresswoman and U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt took the lead on a "Dear Colleague" letter to the appropriators that sought support for all Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act authorized programs. Please read the full press release HERE

State Associations in Louisiana, Alaska, and Maine Join with COABE to Support the CTE for Adult Learners Act

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On June 5th, Maine, Alaska, and Louisiana state associations joined forces with COABE to support the Career and Technical Education for Adult Learners Act. This act:

  • Ensures that programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act are aligned with adult education programs and industry sector partnerships authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Allows states to develop core indicators of performance for adult learners that are aligned with the indicators of performance in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Includes the state director of adult education in the development of the state plan for career and technical education.
  • Clarifies that adult education providers that also offer career and technical education programs are eligible to receive funds under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  
  • Encourages a greater emphasis on work experiences as part of career and technical education programs.  

 If your state would like more details or would like to engage in this awareness effort, please contact sharonbonney@coabe.org

Minds That Move Us-Adult Career Pathway Design Challenge

The Institute for Educational Leadership, in partnership with the Coalition for Adult Basic Education and the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education, is excited to announce its first Minds That Move Us Challenge--the Adult Career Pathway Design Challenge! This is an excellent opportunity for various stakeholders to work together and think of out-of-the-box ideas as solutions to pressing education and employment challenges. Open to communities across the United States, 10 selected teams will have the opportunity to participate in a design camp, pitch their idea to funders at the career pathways festival, and receive coaching/technical assistance to develop through their idea. Oh, and did we forget to mention that three teams will receive $100K EACH?! To learn more or to apply visit MindsThatMoveUs.org#MindsThatMoveUs  #CareerPathways  #100Kforinnovation.

 

WHAT IS MINDS THAT MOVE US?

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We believe that to collaborate is to innovate-and great innovation takes diverse minds to solve complex community issues. This is the founding philosophy behind the Minds that Move Us initiative, a challenge to communities to design innovative education and training models that create social equity and economic mobility for all. Driven by the market demands of business and industry as well as the needs of learners, these challenges engage the bright minds of public/private partners to examine the current education and training gaps within their communities and then create models that can be scaled and replicated within various industries.

 

WHAT IS THE ADULT CAREER PATHWAY CHALLENGE?

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The first Minds That Move Us challenge is to design career pathway innovations for adult learners who do not have any formal postsecondary training or education and lack the skills necessary to put themselves on a career path, especially those with disabilities. Open to communities across the United States, this challenge encourages creativity, collaboration and out-of-the-box ideas as solutions to pressing employment challenges and includes a design camp, festival, and coaching to assist in the development and implementation of promising practices.

Applications for this challenge are due Friday, June 29, 2018. Attend our webinar on Friday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more.

Advocacy Update for June

  Ms. Kaye Sharbono COABE President

Ms. Kaye Sharbono
COABE President

Advocacy efforts have taken off! 

I am so excited to bring to you an update on the status of our adult education national campaign Educate and Elevate. WOW! We have come a very long way in a very short time, and we are not done yet by any means!  

You may ask national campaign - "Why now?" Notably, I and many of you have lived in the times when adult education had a diminished value, huge lack of understanding about what we really do, and tremendous budget issues year in and year out.  

We have all known for many years that our secret in adult education is a PROMISE to America. We prepare our students to compete in an increasingly competitive world and be as work-ready as possible. We empower individuals, families, and communities with the educational opportunities they need. We are the SOLUTION! We CAN make America more competitive, build stronger communities, and add to our tax base while containing costs. We CAN put adults on sustainable paths out of poverty and open up new avenues to financial security and the middle class. Given that, still you may ask, "Why Now?" Indeed, it's because America cannot continue to ignore millions of its residents who were never taught or never learned to read, perform simple math, use a computer, or creatively solve problems. IT'S OUR TIME FOLKS!

We have three goals that drive our actions with the campaign. They are:

  1. Create processes for a concerted, collective effort to reach local, state, and federal officials and our communities.
  2. Inform and educate officials and the general public about the relevancy of adult education through data, stories, innovations, and key message points.
  3. Make specific requests to support funding adult education.

We have had many campaign highlights that we are delighted to share with you, such as:

  1. Educate and Elevate campaign launch (April 2017)
  2. Campaign toolkit (July 2017)
  3. Webinars (5 through July and August 2017)
  4. Educate and Advocate newsletter (July-November 2017)
  5. International Acclaim (November 2017)
  6. Thirty-Five million dollar INCREASE in funding (March 2018)
  7. Ambassador Training for Adult Learners (18 pilot states - March 2018)
  8. Adult Learner membership option and strand at conference (March 2018)
  9. Hit the Hill regional events in Washington D.C. (Approximately 300+ face to face meetings with appropriators 2017-2018)
  10. Quick Fire email - 3 clicks (2017-2018)
  11. 80,000 connections made to legislators (Quick Fire - 3 clicks Fall 2017- Spring 2018)
  12. Customized messaging available for states with Quick Fire email, 3 clicks (2018)
  13. Map Locator tool - State Specific Data
  14. Success stories - Student, Program, and Workplace Innovation
  15. National meetings (Betsy DeVos, Michael Wooten, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Educational Leadership, Jobs for the Future, XPrize for Adult Education Symposium)
  16. National communications (Press Release, Article in USA Today, Success Files with Rob Lowe, Congressional letters)

Certainly, with all of this, you may ask yourself "How can I help?" We, at COABE, ask that you share the campaign on your website, share the campaign via your email lists, submit innovations and success stories, let us know about your legislative meetings, read the Educate and Advocate eblasts we send out, and send us your ideas and comments. 

All of us need to STAND united with 55,000 plus adult educators across America to educate America about the importance of adult education in advancing career and college readiness for millions of people.

Call for Session Proposals: Georgia’s 2018 Adult Education Fall Conference

Attention Potential Presenters,

Georgia’s Office of Adult Education is accepting proposals for its 2018 Adult Education Fall Conference. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center and is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 18 and end Thursday, September 20, 2018.

The University of Georgia provides support to the Conference Planning Committee by collecting and reviewing proposal submissions. Guidance is then provided in the selection process to help identify which proposals will best support the professional development needs of the state’s adult educators, program leaders, and staff. If you are interested in submitting a session proposal(s), please continue to read for details regarding the submission process and session expectations.

Sessions need to be designed to accommodate up to fifty participants and last two hours. Ideally, presenters will deliver their session twice during the conference and arrange their own travel.

The Office of Adult Education will provide the following to conference presenters:

  • A flat consultant fee of $1000.00 for a session delivered twice, or $500.00 for a session delivered once;
  • A reasonable travel stipend that adheres to State of Georgia Travel Regulations (https://sao.georgia.gov/state-travel-policy), yet is customized for each presenter and designed so travel will not be a hardship for anyone selected to present;
  • A session room equipped with a PC laptop, projector, and a flipchart with markers.

Please note, consultant fees cannot be awarded to state of Georgia Adult Education grantees or to publishers who are scheduled to present.

In addition to the above, the University of Georgia will coordinate with presenters to have materials copied and delivered to the conference facility. This relieves the need for presenters to travel with their session handouts or arrange to have handouts shipped.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please do so using the address below. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

COABE Testimony to Address Funding Levels

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The Coalition on Adult Basic Education submits this testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to address funding levels in the Department of Education for Adult Education and Family Literacy.

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) appreciates the opportunity to submit testimony for the record about the funding level for adult education programs in FY 2019. COABE is a membership organization comprised of more than 55,000 educators, administrators, mentors, and guides working to improve educational outcomes for adults and build strong communities. COABE serves to promote adult education and literacy programs and other state, federal, and private programs that assist undereducated and/or disadvantaged adults to function effectively.

COABE works to unify the profession, develop human resources, encourage teachers and students, promote best practices, and otherwise advance adult education and literacy. We develop and disseminate publications, research, methods, materials, resources, and programs to strengthen the field of adult education and literacy. We conduct and sponsor professional development conferences and webinars.. We work tirelessly to help underserved adults master the skills they need to compete, build careers, and provide better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

COABE appreciates the support the Committee demonstrated for Adult Education in the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act. We respectfully ask that in FY 2019, Adult Education be funded at $664.5 million, the level authorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA recognizes the crucial role adult education plays in teaching English and civics and preparing adults to enter the workforce or improve their employment status. The Act established Adult Education as one of four key partners in a system of education and training that emphasizes greater integration of Adult Education and the workforce system and greater emphasis on college and career readiness. Adult Education is now a key element in a comprehensive system of education and training.  WIOA’s progress in transforming the Adult Education system cannot be attained unless Congress supports it adequately.

Adult Education serves adults, 16 years of age and older, who are no longer enrolled in school or required by State law to be enrolled and who are functioning below the high school completion level. Services include teaching foundation skills in the disciplines of reading, math, and English, coupled with college and career readiness skills that lead to employment or the transition to post-secondary education. Adult Educators also help parents obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the education of their children.

Public schools, community colleges, libraries, and community-based organizations offer programs at the local level.

Providers of Adult Education are accountable for improving the literacy and numeracy skills of their students as measured by regularly-administered standardized assessments, transitioning students to postsecondary education, employment or job training, the attainment of a high diploma or its equivalent, and earnings outcomes. 

Federally funded adult education programs serve only 1.5 million of these adults, down from 2.8 million in 2001.  Enrollment has declined by 44 percent, falling most sharply among those who most need adult education and workforce skills services. Demand for services across the country far exceeds supply.

One in every six adults in the U.S. lacks basic reading skills; that means that more than 35 million people can’t read a job application, understand basic written instructions, or read information on the Internet. One in every three adults in the U.S. cannot use basic arithmetic, work a cash register, read graphs, or understand a transit schedule. According to PIAAC (OECD’s Program of International Assessment of Adult Competencies), Americans lag behind the international average for basic skills in literacy and numeracy and “problem-solving in technology-rich environments.” Other nations show consistent progress in enhancing the education levels of their adult populations. The U.S. is losing ground.

We must invest in adult education because the jobs of the future will require postsecondary education. According to labor market economists at the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020 65 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some level of postsecondary education or training. The American Action Forum projects that by 2020 the United States will be short an estimated 7.5 million private sector workers across all skill levels.

The Federal investment in Adult Education is cost-effective.  Federal support for Adult Education leverages a significant investment by states.  In FY 2013, each federal dollar invested in AEFLA generated $2.49 in non-Federal matching funds. The Federal cost per participant in FY 2012, the most recent year for which we have data, was $298. The annual Federal cost for each Adult Education student who advanced at least one educational level or who earned a high school diploma or its equivalent was $589.

Adult Education brings businesses options by preparing existing workers with the skills that companies need through flexible classrooms and curriculum. Both urban and rural areas need trained employees. As of 2016, there were 476 counties in the US in which 20 percent or more of the working age population lacked a high school diploma or equivalent. Eighty percent are located in non-metro areas.

Significant underinvestment in adult education and workforce skills development is eroding America’s global competitiveness. A robust adult education system is essential if we are to achieve our nation’s economic goals. It will be impossible to create a workforce skilled enough to compete in the global 21st century economy if we focus only on secondary schools and postsecondary institutions. We must also support adult education. High schools alone cannot provide business and industry with the workers that are needed. Most of America’s workforce of tomorrow is already in today’s workforce. They are beyond the reach of high schools and postsecondary education. A stronger economy will bring people back into the workforce but it won’t train them.

Adult education is the best way to re-engage them.

Low skilled adults are twice as likely to be unemployed, three times as likely to be in poverty, four times as likely to be in poor health, and eight times as likely to be incarcerated. Low education, and skill levels, in adults are fundamental barriers to virtually every major challenge we face including early childhood education, education reform, economic development, and improving the health and well-being of the nation’s families and communities.

By neglecting the adults who need services, we affect their children. A mother’s education level is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors such as neighborhood or family income. Almost 60 percent of children whose parents don’t have a college education live in low-income families and are less likely to get a good education to qualify for family-sustaining jobs. Mothers and fathers who learn basic skills are better equipped to help their children succeed. Education levels have more effect on earnings over a 40-year span in the workforce than any other demographic factor. Research shows that “better-educated parents raise better-educated, more successful, children who are less likely to end up in poverty or prison.” According to the U.S. Department of Education, individuals who participate in adult education and literacy programs have higher future earnings as a result, and their income differential grows with more intensive participation. Finally, children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests.

Low skill levels and under-education are directly linked to inequality, higher rates of unemployment, lower income, crime, poor health, and increased hospitalizations. Adults without a high school diploma are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as high school graduates. They are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults with college degrees. Experts estimate that the U.S. loses more than $225 billion in lost tax revenue, reduced productivity, crime, and poor health because of under-education and low skills. Investing in adult education can improve health outcomes, reduce poverty, and reduce recidivism.

On the other hand, a person with a high school diploma or equivalent earns an average of $9,620 more per year than a non-graduate. Adults with a high school degree were more likely to work full time and average 20percent higher earnings ($30,000) well above the poverty line for a family of four.

Furthermore, the Census Bureau projects that between 2000 and 2015 net international immigration will account for more than half of our nation’s population growth, increasing the demand for adult English language programs to an even greater extent. Without adequate access to English language learning programs we lose the contributions immigrants make to our communities and our economy with their strong work ethic and drive to succeed.

Adult Education is about giving students a hand up by preparing them for college as well as career readiness.  Take the case of Juliana Vrekaj, an asylum seeker from Albania, who received her GED in 2013 from the East Haven, Connecticut Adult Education program.  After marrying and starting a family, Juliana rejoined the East Haven program to take citizenship classes. Today, both Juliana and her husband are American citizens. She received her Associate’s Degree at Gateway Community College in December and will start classes this spring at Southern Connecticut State University where she intends to enter the Teacher’s Program in Mathematics, specializing in elementary education. In the meantime, Juliana and her husband have opened a cellular phone store in East Haven. The Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education (CAACE) named Juliana its Learner of the Year.

When Arturo Flores, 33, was a young man in California, he couldn’t resist the lure of the streets and joined a gang at age 14. He dropped out of school during 8th grade. Between ages 19 and 25, he was in prison five times. Art discovered a new life when he entered Owensboro Regional Recovery in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 2010 and began working toward earning his GED diploma. Although his academic skills were at a 6th-grade level, he didn’t let that deter him and he earned his GED diploma within three months. Art didn’t stop there. He graduated from Owensboro Community and Technical College with an Associate of Arts in May 2014. He’s now a full-time student at Western Kentucky University-Owensboro, where he is working toward earning his bachelor’s in social work. His goal is to earn a master’s in social work to help troubled youth, especially those who are active in gangs, or older citizens who have experienced elder abuse. Art also works full-time at Owensboro Regional Recovery as a “Safe Off the Streets” (SOS) monitor, where he works with men in the first stages of recovery. Art says, “I let them know they don’t have to live like they’ve been living. “When I was a kid, people tried to talk to me, but I didn’t listen because they hadn’t been where I was. I want to let people know there is hope to turn things around. At some point, I believe you’ve got to break the cycle.”

FY 2019 Funding Request:

COABE urges the Committee to fund Title II of the WIOA at the FY 2019 authorized level so that the statute’s ambitious goals can be realized.

Adult education is a gateway to a job and a career for under-educated, low skilled adults. Properly funding the adult education system would yield substantial economic benefits, adding to GDP growth, personal incomes, yielding increased tax revenues and saving on health care and incarceration.

Other nations are boosting the educational levels of their young and working age adults at a faster rate than the U.S. and are showing consistent progress while we are losing ground. We must invest adequately in our adult education system to remain economically competitive globally.

Please contact: Sharon Bonney, Executive Director, at sharonbonney@coabe.org or Gene Sofer, Public Policy Consultant, at: eugenesofer@gmail.com

June Government Relations Report

It has been relatively quiet on the domestic front in Washington as Congress has finally closed the books on Fiscal 2018 spending and begun to turn its attention to FY 2019.

On May 22, Secretary DeVos testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee. In her prepared testimony, the Secretary repeated her challenge to all parties to "rethink school." She reported on the progress made in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and reported that she has approved 46 plans. She also pointed to regulatory relief achieved in the K-12 space and noted that rulemaking had begun in the higher education area. She reported that work to draft new proposed regulations on sexual harassment and misconduct is well underway. She also pointed to changes being made to modernize Federal Student Aid (FSA) technology and customer service and promised further improvements in the future. She also said, "this Administration is committed to swift action to keep our nation's students and teachers safe at school," and reported that the Federal Commission on School Safety is interested in hearing from anyone "who is focused on identifying and elevating solutions."

Success Files Features Educate & Elevate

Educate & Elevate has been highlighted in "Success Files," an award-winning program that highlights new stories and innovative concepts through groundbreaking documentary presentations. The program aired on PBS and was hosted by actor Rob Lowe.

The Educate & Elevate campaign story featured a short, six-minute documentary about the power and relevancy of adult education and reached over 148 million viewers.

Here's a peek into some of the documentary's storylines:

  • Dr. Lorraine Morales serves as the president of Pima Community College, but before achieving this status she was a single mother who had dropped out of school. She earned her GED® certificate through adult school classes and continued her studies to earn a doctorate.
  • Dr. Richard Carmona grew up on the streets of the Bronx, was homeless at one point, and then dropped out of school to serve in the Army. While in the Army, he earned his GED® credential and two Purple Hearts. He was tapped by President George W. Bush for the position of 17th surgeon general and was the only surgeon general to ever be unanimously confirmed by the Senate.

There are so many amazing stories about the power of adult education, and "Success Files" will be sure to inspire audiences and stimulate conversations across the nation

COABE NCSDAE Legislative Alert

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APRIL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT

Things are relatively quiet in Washington these days on the domestic front. On March 23, the President signed the Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act which, as you know, included $35 million more federal funds for adult education. This six percent increase brought funding up to $631 million. This is the largest increase in federal funding in memory.

Now, the focus shifts to FY 2019 appropriations.

Senators Reed (D-RI) and Blumenthal (D-CT) circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter seeking $664.5 million, the level authorized in WIOA for FY 2019. The letter, addressed to Senators Blunt and Murray, the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee, got 23 signatures (an increase of seven over last year's effort). Other Senators signaled their support for adult education but said they don't sign such letters. 

Members Continue to Receive Responses When Writing Legislators

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March 13, 2018

Dear Ms. Regina Suitt,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Trump Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 proposed budget. I appreciate your thoughts on this important issue. 

The president's budget request serves the dual purpose of publicly stating his fiscal priorities and providing a starting point for discussions in Congress as the House and Senate consider how best to fund the federal government. It is important to note that only Congress has the constitutional power to appropriate funds, not the Executive Branch. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the administration to ensure all federal programs provide the highest levels of service to the public as well as a high level of return on taxpayers' dollars. As the budget and appropriations process for FY 2019 moves forward, I will keep your funding requests in mind. 

As the 115th Congress addresses the many challenges facing our nation, I hope you will continue to share your thoughts and concerns. To keep up with my work in Congress, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook, or visit my website at 

mcsally.house.gov where you can sign up to receive my e-newsletter. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns. Please continue contacting my office regarding issues that you feel are important to you and Southern Arizona.

In Service,

MARTHA McSALLY
Member of Congress

Grass Top Communication to Legislators

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Ad Placed in The Hill
COABE and NCSDAE took out a full page, full color ad in The Hill, a newspaper that is read by legislators and their staffers (View the ad on page 7 HERE). We also sent out a press release (HERE) regarding our efforts which reached more than 68,000,000 viewers.

Talking Points for Legislators and Staffers
Once a week COABE sends an email to all legislators and their staffers that highlights our Talking Points. The emails have a 10% click rate which is excellent for congressional emails according to industry standards. We have received responses from the offices of Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Senator Alexander of Tennessee, and Senator Heinrich of New Mexico. View and please share our "Talking Points" HERE