COABE Public Policy Principles


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COABE Principle A:  Increase Access to Adult Education Programs

COABE advocates the adoption of effective policies at the local, state, and national levels that advances adult education. These COABE Public Policy Principles form the basis for positions COABE takes in advocating for public policies that advance adult literacy.

Summary:  Adult education has long been an integral part of our nation’s prosperity. It is instrumental in closing social and economic disparities in our country, stimulating economic growth, global competitiveness, and prosperity. Yet over the last decade, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) reports that declines in federal and state funding have led to decreasing numbers of adult learners who can access services (CLASP, 2012). Of the 36 million adults with low basic skills, adult education currently assists 1.8 million of them each year to earn a high school equivalency, increase basic and employability skills, or improve their English language proficiency (Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Increase investments in adult education to ensure that the 36 million low-skilled Americans are able to access adult education services, strengthen their basic skills, and advance through career pathways in high demand fields.