The following is from a message sent out by ProLiteracy, Literacy Kansas City’s parent organization and a worldwide advocate for adult basic education and literacy programs:
On March 1, if Congress fails to act, government-sponsored programs and services will undergo deep across-the-board cuts through “sequestration.” Education and job training will be affected.
If the sequestration goes into effect, non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs would see a cut in federal funding of approximately 5.1 percent. This includes the Workforce Investment Act, the primary federal legislation that funds adult literacy and basic education. In fact, Career, Technical and Adult Education would be cut by $87 million, eliminating services to 624,000 high school and community college students and 128,000 adult learners. Learn more with this state-by-state fact sheet on the impact of sequestration.
We strongly urge you to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative today and tell them to preserve funding for adult literacy and basic education. A template letter and contact information for your elected officials are found on the ProLiteracy website (use the “Find Your Official” feature).
We will keep you posted on further developments. Thank you again for everything you do for adult literacy and basic education.