PAACE Advocacy Update

On February 6, 2024, Governor Shapiro announced his second budget for Pennsylvania. This is the unofficial kickoff to the state budget process. The state legislature will now begin the process of budget hearings with state agencies and will then turn its attention to negotiations leading up to a final budget later this year.

The Adult and Family Literacy line in the Department of Education’s proposed budget includes a 1 million dollar increase which is good news. Last year’s increase included a 3.8 million dollar increase with 1 million dollars of that increase set aside for HSE testing. We are currently waiting for clarification about whether the 2024 2025 budget includes 1 million dollars for testing fees.

We Need PAACE Members to Help

Over the next few months while this budget will be debated and negotiated, please take action.  Without your active participation, this proposed funding increase could change so act now

Invite legislators to your classes and programs to meet your students and learn about how these programs are impacting lives. 

Include civics lessons in your classes to teach your students about how state government works and to prepare students for visits and encourage them to write to their Pennsylvania Senator and Representative. 

All PAACE members should write or call their Pennsylvania Senator and Representative and encourage them to support the governor’s increase to the line item. Find your legislators here.

PAACE is pleased with Governor Shapiro’s prioritization of increased educational and workforce opportunities that will help our learners access training and education so they can get on a career path. While PAACE hoped for a higher increase Adult and Family Literacy Education, we are happy that we are moving in the right direction. 

The PAACE Advocacy Committee will keep working to see continued increases in the future.  

Cheryl Hiester, Chair

Joe Murzyn, Government Relations Consultant

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