Here’s a recent Tweet from Assemblymember Ron Kim about the importance of adult literacy. You may recognize one of our students, Sen Liang, on the left. Just click on the tweet below to watch the video…
In a recent Politico article about state adult education funding, our program’s director, Michael Hunter, is quoted:
The current state budget includes $7.3 million for the Adult Literacy Education program, which serves approximately 5,700 participants statewide, said Michael Hunter, adult literacy program director for the University Settlement Society of New York, a nonprofit providing services for immigrant and low-income families.
Statewide, more than 3.5 million individuals do not have a high school diploma, English-language proficiency or both, Hunter said. The ALE program provides funding to help increase literacy skills, particularly for immigrants and native-born New Yorkers with interrupted education.
Please participate in a city advocacy effort today in anticipation of the release of the upcoming city budget! This week’s messaging will be directed towards the Mayor’s Office and agencies to support the refunding of the $12M we achieved last year, including for DYCD expansion funding that is at risk of expiring on June 30th. Please add it to your calendars and spread the word to your staff and students so that calls, tweets and messages are sent this Thursday!
Once the budget is released we will follow up with additional advocacy plans for city council members as well.
What: NYCCAL City Advocacy Alert Day of Action
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 (all day)
- The NYC budget will be released this month and it’s imperative that services for adult literacy students and their families are maintained and expanded, especially now during NYC Immigrant Heritage Week!
- If the City doesn’t re-fund last year’s adult literacy investment, 5,700 current students will lose their seats in city-funded English language (ESOL) or High School Equivalency (HSE) classes onJuly 1st.
- 15,000 additional applicants are still on waiting lists right now to enter classes.
How: Call, tweet or email the city to make sure that no classes are cut from the budget! Make sure that NYC stands up for adult learners and their right to education. Talk about how important English and high school equivalency classes are for you, your family and your neighborhood.
- 212-788-3000 (Mayor’s Office general line) OR
Use the template at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1YIxzzuFzCKZEpHRHVBWnBvVGM to take a picture of yourself and send Tweets to:
- @nycgob (Spanish NYC account)
- @NYCYouth (DYCD account)
Send a message:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are more pictures: