Government Relations Report: September

Government Relations Report: September

With one simple click, you can send an email to your
mayor, governor, and members of Congress (HERE).

It is something of an understatement to say that for the time being, at least, Washington is focused on something other than funding and potential government shutdowns. In a flurry of activity, Congress agreed to a three-month continuing resolution (CR) that postponed final funding decisions for FY 2018 until December 8, raised the debt ceiling for three months, and made a down payment on hurricane relief funding for Texas.

Congress and the country are focused on providing relief to storm-damaged areas in Florida, whether there will be a tax reform proposal to consider by the end of the year, how to deal with the DACA issue and continuing tensions on the Korean peninsula. In addition, because of arcane rules, the House and Senate need to adopt budget resolutions to enable them to proceed with tax reform efforts.

COABE National Award Nominations Now Open!

COABE National Award Nominations Now Open!

We're committed to honoring the best of the best in our field! 

We are pleased to announce that thanks to generous funding provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, our award stipend for Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year, Outstanding Adult Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Administrator of the Year is $10,000 each. The award stipend for State Innovation of the Year and Outstanding Workplace of the Year is $2,000 each.

New Fact Sheets: Immigrants & Middle-Skill Jobs in Texas and Arkansas

New Fact Sheets: Immigrants & Middle-Skill Jobs in Texas and Arkansas

Two new fact sheets from National Skills Coalition highlight the important role that immigrant workers play in filling middle-skill jobs in Texas and Arkansas.

While immigration settlement patterns differ substantially between the two states, in both cases, immigrant workers will be vital to helping the states meet their ambitious goals for postsecondary credential attainment and respond to local industries’ talent needs.

To accomplish these goals, states will need to ensure that their talent-development pipelines are inclusive of the many immigrants who are poised to benefit from investments in their skills: More than half of adult immigrants in Arkansas (62 percent) and Texas (63 percent) have not gone beyond high school in their education.

Email Outreach: An Easy Way to Meet Your Legislators

Email Outreach: An Easy Way to Meet Your Legislators

Do you want a super easy way to reach your legislators to ask for support for our adult education mission? All you have to do is follow these 3 easy steps.  

  1. Click here to access our form and input your contact information and zip code.
  2. When you click “submit,” a pre-populated, editable support email appears ready to send.
  3. Click “submit” and the email automatically goes to the correct legislator(s) based on your zip code.

Using the Mobilization Toolkit to Engage Adult Education Organizations

Using the Mobilization Toolkit to Engage Adult Education Organizations

Last week, adult education state association presidents, state directors, and state leadership attended a live webinar to get up to speed on the Educate & Elevate campaign. Participants were provided a Mobilization Toolkit with strategies to engage their statewide adult education organizations in the campaign.

Here are the top 5 strategies from the Toolkit that can be executed easily.

Coalition on Adult Basic Education Appoints Kaye Sharbono Board President

Coalition on Adult Basic Education Appoints Kaye Sharbono Board President

Press Release: Coalition on Adult Basic Education Appoints Kay Sharbono Board President

Syracuse, New York – The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) has named Kaye Sharbono president of its board of directors. In this capacity, Sharbono heads the nation’s leading organization that provides leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners to advance quality services for all adult learners.

“We are thrilled to have Kaye in the position of board president,” said COABE Executive Director Sharon Bonney. “Her vision and leadership skills have earned her the respect of her peers on a local, state, and national level.”

Government Relations Report: August 2017

Government Relations Report: August 2017

The Congress has recessed for the summer. Congress left Washington having failed to pass a  replacement for the Affordable Care Act, make noticeable headway on tax reform or an infrastructure package, or pass Congressional Budget Resolutions. It is months late on the appropriations process and must resolve FY 18 spending and confront a looming crisis over the debt ceiling.
 
You can tell it is recess because the Members have left town and the staff that was dressed conservatively the other day is now wearing jeans. Only the advocates are wearing business attire.

APPROPRIATIONS

There were important developments in the budget and appropriations worlds. On July 19th, the full House Appropriations Committee completed its consideration of the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill and sent the bill to the full House, which could vote on it after Labor Day. In reporting on the bill, Committee Members made clear that they do not support the kind of Draconian cuts assumed in the President's budget. Indeed Subcommittee Chair, Tom Cole (R-OK), talked about adding funds if Congress could reach a bi-partisan agreement on increasing spending. 

Mobilizing Your State for Educate & Elevate Webinar

Mobilizing Your State for Educate & Elevate Webinar

ADULT EDUCATION STATE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS AND STATE DIRECTORS: MOBILIZING YOUR STATE FOR EDUCATE & ELEVATE

DATE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017
TIME: 2:00 P.M. EDT

We are in full swing with the national Educate & Elevate Campaign to raise awareness among local elected officials, state legislators and federal officials of the importance of investing in Adult Education. As such, we’ve expanded our campaign website and the options that states have in participating in the campaign and mobilizing the adult education organizations throughout their respective states. This webinar details the options that various states are using to conduct a statewide campaign for investing in adult education. See models in action that various states have adopted from no-cost landing pages on their current websites and leveraging state-specific pages on the national campaign’s website, to full statewide campaigns. Get connected with your peers and help your state excel in getting national recognition.

Educate & Elevate Campaign: Hosting a Stakeholder Event

Educate & Elevate Campaign: Hosting a Stakeholder Event

Did you miss our most recent webinar or want to watch it again? It's now online and includes critical information you won't want to miss on using special events to educate legislators and key stakeholders about adult education.

Our communications partner, Full Capacity Marketing, and guest presenter, Diane Jackson from the Queen Creek Unified School District Adult Education Program in Arizona, share step-by-step instructions, as well as strategies in an information-packed, one-hour session.

Here are the Top 5 highlights, along with links to everything you need in the Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit to host your own successful stakeholder event.

Educate & Elevate Campaign: Your Ticket to Supporting Adult Education Funding

Educate & Elevate Campaign: Your Ticket to Supporting Adult Education Funding

Adult education — you know it’s your passion. So share your passion through our national campaign, Educate & Elevate, and join the system of 55,000 adult educators in informing elected officials about the importance of funding adult education.

Here are our three campaign goals:

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

Research to Practice

Research to Practice

Where Research Meets Practice

COABE Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Education

The Research to Practice Initiative is a community effort by adult educators to meet the challenges of educating adult learners. Each month we bring together articles from the COABE Journal, webinars, and educator resources that focus on important issues for the adult educator. Complementing these will be a monthly discussion topic about a core challenge that adult practitioners face. 

THIS MONTH'S TOPIC: NUMERACY

Each month we will focus on a topic of high interest for the field. This month we are sharing journal articles, archived webinars, and resources highlighting Numeracy.

Legislative Update

Legislative Update

The House Labor HHS Education Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to consider its funding bill for Fiscal Year 2018. 
 
Based on the available summary (link attached), it appears that the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposes to fund Career, Technical and Adult Education programs at $170,686,000 the same as last year. A breakdown of funding within this category is not yet available. The summary also freezes Adult Education National Activities at $13.7 million. The bill proposes to cut funds for the DOL employment and training Administration by $1.5 billion below last year's level.  
 
A link to the bill is at the bottom of the Overview at HERE.

Government Relations Report: July 2017

Government Relations Report: July 2017

The Congress has recessed for the July 4th holiday. It left town without having completed work on health care, far behind schedule on any tax reform proposal, and months late on the FY 2018 appropriations process.
 
Nobody in Washington knows how the health care issue will be resolved, and there is a growing feeling that tax reform will be every bit as difficult to accomplish. We do know that Congress must complete work on annual appropriations so the government can continue to operate.

COABE Membership Update: July 2017

COABE Membership Update: July 2017

Stay up to date with what is happening with COABE by reading the July issue of the COABE membership update. In this issue learn more about 2017 Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, read a free issue of the COABE Journal, explore new ideas for teaching adult learners on the Research to Practice page, register for the upcoming COABE/OAACE Regional Institute in Cleveland, Ohio on October 5-7, 2017, find out more about our 2017-2018 COABE Board Members, join the Educate & Elevate campaign, visit our VIP Vendor of the Month-McGraw-Hill Education, and much more!

National Skills Coalition's Congressional Briefing

National Skills Coalition's Congressional Briefing

NSC's Congressional briefing draws crowd to learn about upskilling policy

A packed room of Congressional staff and adult education advocates gathered last week for NSC's most recent briefing on Capitol Hill. 

The event was titled Building Strong Career Pathways: New Research & State Examples to Inform Perkins, HEA, and TANF Reauthorization. It featured highlights from NSC's recent Foundational Skills in the Service Sector report, and comments from three state leaders.

Education Helps Adults Earn More and Helps Their Children Learn More

Education Helps Adults Earn More and Helps Their Children Learn More

Tom Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education (Ret.)

There has been substantial advocacy by hundreds of organizations for implementing various pre-school programs for children from economically poorer homes across the U.S. for many years. This large scale advocacy has paid off with hundreds of billions of dollars being invested in pre-school programs such as Head Start, Early Head Start, and numerous others funded by both state and federal dollars.

Pathways to Progress-Youth Fund Workforce

Pathways to Progress-Youth Fund Workforce

The Citi Foundation, in partnership with America’s Promise, is launching the Youth Workforce Fund, a competitive fund that seeks to make strategic investments in community-based organizations connecting low-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities. The $4 million Fund will award one-year grants of up to $250,000 to a cohort of grantees across 15 markets in the United States.  Selected grantees will also be provided with networking opportunities and access to Citi volunteers as part of the Fund.