News and resources for the adult basic education community in Massachusetts
Newsletter - December 2020
The Voice of Adult Education
Dear MCAE Community,
The holiday season is here and there is much that we are thankful for: a (nearly) final state budget with an increase for ABE funding, the (somewhat) snowy landscape, but especially YOU! Thank you to our new members and donors who have joined and contributed to MCAE recently, and everyone who made calls, sent emails, and tagged legislators on social media over the past few months. The tremendous support for Adult Basic Education has never been more necessary or more evident. Thanks for raising your voice for ABE!
In Part 2 of this series, public health and adult ESOL consultant Sherry Ruff will lead a discussion on Health Literacy and Education Learning Connections rising from the pandemic. Learn more and register for this webinar here (December 16 at 1pm).
MCAE Featured in ProLiteracy Advocacy Toolkit and Webinar
Last week the final budget bill for FY2021 was approved by the state Legislature,with the total amount for Adult Basic Education (line item #7035-0002) set at $46,385,000.This huge win for ABE represents a 13% increase over FY20, and continues a three-year upward trend for state ABE funding! The budget is now with Governor Charlie Baker for final review. The Governor has 10 days to review the budget and take action. We are watching for any line item veto that may affect ABE, so keep an eye out for MCAE Action Alerts as the FY2021 budget moves toward completion.
Thank your legislators! Please take a moment this week to thank your state representative and senator for their support of adult basic education. Without their support, this much-needed and much-appreciated increase would not have been possible.
COABE and NASDAE have joined forces to deploy a “Move Ahead with Adult Ed” recruitment campaign and toolkit for adult educators looking to attract more students to their programs. Learn more and find these free resources here.