Write a Letter to Support Adult Education!

From CQ Roll Call:

NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION FUNDING

The Trump administration’s initial budget proposal, which was released last Thursday, proposed a budget cut of 13.5% in the U.S. Department of Education for FY2018. While adult education was not specifically mentioned in this proposal, we anticipate that the complete budget, which will be released in mid-May, will include the cut of 13.5% for adult education along with most other education programs.

Given the tremendous harm that a cut of this size would cause to adult education programs and students across the country, the National Council of State Directors and COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) are launching a national advocacy campaign to ensure that members of Congress do not approve this devastating cut.

The message for this campaign is NO CUTS IN ADULT EDUCATION. Each of us as adult educators, students, and friends of adult education have the responsibility to take swift and decisive action to ensure that the proposed cut is not enacted.

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More Obnoxious

Here are a plethora of images and quotes from the web using our latest Awesome Adjective – enjoy!

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Idiom of the Week: Let the Cat Out of the Bag

Meaning: To reveal a secret.

Examples:

As we were planning our mom’s surprise birthday party, my sister reminded me not to let the cat out of the bag.

You didn’t hear they’re having a baby? I guess I let the cat out of the bag!

He finally let the cat out of the bag and confessed to the crime.

 

Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of letting the cat out of the bag?

A.  Reminding someone to take out the garbage.

B.  Telling someone what someone else is going to give them for Christmas.

C.  Sending an email to your teaching saying that you and your classmates have gotten a copy of next week’s test.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Free Lowline Workshop

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Advocating for Adult Literacy

Earlier today students from the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program attended a rally at City Hall to support funding for adult education programs in New York City.

From the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL):

What:
Over 100 immigrants, adult learners, educators and their allies will gather for a press conference at City Hall on March 22nd at 9:30am to call attention to their plight. Thousands of students across the City are currently enrolled in adult literacy classes not scheduled for renewal in the Mayor’s budget. They say they need English classes more than ever, particularly as misinformation and fear about the President’s immigration orders and ICE raids permeates low-literacy immigrant communities.

Who:
The press conference is organized by the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), a citywide coalition of community based organizations, CUNY programs, libraries and union training programs. Students, teachers and allies will be joined by City Council supporters, including Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca.

Why:
2.2 million adult New Yorkers currently lacking English proficiency and/or a high school diploma – 1/3 of the entire adult population of the city – yet the Mayor’s Preliminary Budget did not renew $12m in funding included in last year’ budget, an investment advocates called historic at the time.

Literacy programs provide a pathway to economic mobility, social integration, parent-child engagement, improved health outcomes and improved community safety.  However, these programs are dramatically underfunded and less than 3% of those in need can access adult education programming. A 2015 survey by NYCCAL revealed at least 15,000 New Yorkers were waitlisted for adult literacy classes where they sometimes waited for over a year.

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To learn how you can take action, click here.

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Pull Yourself Together Again

Here’s a short but sweet clip from the movie The Incredibles using our latest Idiom of the Week:

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