Save Adult Education Programs in NYC from Budget Cuts

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Dear Governor Cuomo,

We are writing to you today to ask for your support to increase funding for adult education. As you may or may not be aware, many adult education programs in the City of New York rely on funding from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED).  This funding is essential to the success of adult learners and has a significant return on investment for a variety of social issues that are pressing for New York City and New York State.

In the U.S., 36 million adults, or 1 in 6, have low literacy skills. According to the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), 2.2 million people are in need of adult literacy classes. Investing in adult education and basic skills programs not only improves the lives of adults and their families but also positively impacts their communities. By building a more literate adult population, we can make strides to improve poverty, health care, crime rates, and the educational development of children.

Despite the proven impact of funding adult education, federal and state funding has continued to decline for the past 10 years in real dollars, leaving adult education programs unable to meet the needs of their communities.

We urge you to support our request to significantly increase funding for Adult Education programs. Many organizations would be forced to close their doors if the State Government and NYSED fail to restore funding for English as a Second Language classes, Adult Literacy classes, Adult Basic and Secondary education classes, Computer Literacy classes, and Citizenship preparation classes into the budget. However, if State funding for adult education is restored, many adult education programs will continue to make a difference in every community across New York City and New York State.

Sincerely,

All Adult Education Programs in New York City

 



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