Happy Spring!

Thank you to everyone who responded to our Educate and Elevate Pennsylvania call to action! So far, 176 teachers and administrators and 43 learners responded to the call to action.

We need more of our members to take just a few minutes and send an email. There are two emails in Educate and Elevate that you can send. The first email is for Pennsylvania’s Governor, Lieutenant Governor and your representatives in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Scroll down to the bottom of the Educate and Elevate Call to Action Page to find the link.

At the top of the page, is the call to action about the proposed cut to Title II. The President’s budget proposal released last week calls for a 24% cut! Tell them no cuts by sending an email through Educate and Elevate.

Remember, we have 1,200 PAACE members and more than 22,000 adult learners. Together, we can make a difference.


Member Spotlight

PAACE would like to give a shout out to Carey Harris of Literacy Pittsburgh and Ryan Briesch of the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks for their work with their legislators.

Things you should know…

The JOBS Act was introduced in Congress last Thursday with broad bipartisan support. The Jobs Act will enable greater flexibility for students who are eligible for Pell Grants. Currently, students receiving these grants must enroll in a program that is at least 600 hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks. The Jobs Act will enable students to use these grants to enroll in quality, short-term training programs. There are many short-term training programs that lead to great jobs. The Jobs Act will extend Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in employer approved, short-term programs that are at least 150 hours of instruction over a period of at least 8 weeks.

Supreme Court to Decide Whether 2020 Census Will Include Citizenship Question – NPR, February 15, 2019 – Learn more HERE.

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The decision grants the administration’s request for an immediate review of a lower court’s ruling that stopped plans for the question. A hearing is expected to be held in April.

The question asks, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?

The Trump administration is locked in a legal battle with dozens of states, cities, and other groups that do not want the question to appear on forms for the constitutionally mandated head count of every person living in the U.S.

The Census Bureau has not asked all households about U.S. citizenship status in close to 70 years, although a sample of households have encountered a citizenship question on a smaller Census Bureau survey now known as the American Community Survey. For the 1950 head count, census workers asked where members of all households were born. If people were born outside the U.S., census workers asked whether they were naturalized citizens of the U.S.

A Surprise Visit

On Friday, March 1, 2019 Governor Tom Wolf payed a surprise visit to the folks at CareerLink in Erie, PA. “We were in Friday threads but happy to welcome him to our humble program all the same,” said Director Michael Vail. What an honor! Congratulations to CareerLink on the fine work they are doing for adult education.