Advocacy2018-10-24T13:17:02+00:00

Election Day is Almost Here – Act Now!

PAACE asked Pennsylvania’s candidates for Governor where they stand on Adult and Family Literacy Education. We heard from Scott Wagner’s campaign and we are waiting for a response for Governor Wolf.
Background
A startling fact is that 1,380,727 adults 25 and over in Pennsylvania do not have a high school credential (9% of adults 25 and over). 358,442 have less than a 9th grade education. There are 187,708 people living in Pennsylvania who are limited English proficient. Pennsylvania needs skilled workers to stay competitive, and many Pennsylvanians need access to services that will get them skilled and ready to work.
read candidate wagner’s full response

Take action!

With one click, you can contact your mayor, governor, and state legislators to let them know that adult education is important! This service is provided free of charge by our national affiliate, COABE. Click the button below:

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Helpful Documents and Resources

Adult Ed is Needed Now
Support Postcard
Stand Up & Be Counted Toolkit
PAACE On the Issues
PA State Legislators Interactive Map
Adult and Family Literacy Funding and Students Graph
STAND UP AND BE COUNTED MANUAL

PAACE Advocacy Calendar

  • September – Prepare for election day 2018. Contact the candidates for the US House and PA House and Senate. You can use the Educate and Elevate ignite tool HERE. Ask them where they stand on adult education and let PAACE know what you hear.
  • September 24 through September 28 – National Adult and Family Literacy Education Week
  • September 25 – National Voter Registration Day – provide information to students about how to register to vote and encourage all eligible students to vote
  • October 9 – Deadline to register to vote in the November election
  • October 30 – Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
  • October 31 – Happy Halloween – Trick or Treat for Adult Education – send a message to all candidates running for office to make adult education a priority
  • November 6 – Election Day – Vote!
  • November 9 – Congratulate the winners of the election, new and re-elected. Invite your elected officials to visit your program
  • November 22 – Happy Thanksgiving – write thank you emails or letters to elected officials for supporting adult education and share an impact story.
  • December and January – Happy Holidays

BACKGROUND:

A startling fact is that 1,380,727 adults 25 and over in Pennsylvania do not have a high school credential (9% of adults 25 and over). 358,442 have less than a 9th grade education. There are 187,708 people living in Pennsylvania who are limited English proficient. Pennsylvania needs skilled workers to stay competitive, and many Pennsylvanians need access to services that will get them skilled and ready to work.

QUESTIONS:

The focus on pre-K-16 learners within Pennsylvania has left out the adult, non-traditional learners who do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency such as GED and those needing English as a second language instruction. What is your philosophy regarding providing service to them within your plans for education and its role in workforce development?

Adult and Family Literacy appropriations were slashed by one half from 2009 to 2011 while the need and demand have increased. How will you support bringing this important program back to the 2008-09 level of development?

Missed today’s webinar, “Educate the Public and Elevate Adult Education”? Watch the whole webinar on YouTube below. Enjoy!

Save the Date: September 25 National Voter Registration Day

Did you know there is already a countdown to National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on September 25th?

2020 Census Issue

Have you heard about the controversy around adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census?

PA legislators need to hear from you. They need to know that your program’s services are important!

Now, there is an easy, quick way to do that. The national Educate and Elevate campaign is now customized for PA, thanks to PAACE’s membership in COABE. Their national campaign has enabled nearly 50,000 contacts with legislators nationwide since April 2017! As a member organization, we can access this easy to use tool to reach Pennsylvania’s local, state, and federal legislators.

All it takes is 3 quick clicks! Scroll to the bottom of this link HERE. You can then choose to write a letter or make a call. Click the “Take Action” button for either option. To write a letter, you will enter your information, select which elected officials will receive your message, and then personalize the provided message.

Click HERE to make your voice heard!

If you have any issues with these directions or with sending your message, please let me know. We hope this process works for you and lets your elected officials know that what you do obtains results.

Thank you for using this online process.