Petition Closed
Petitioning DC Council and 14 others

Ask the DC Council to fully fund the proposed $4 million Pathways to Adult Literacy Fund

Over 64,000 DC residents lack a high school diploma or its equivalent. We must do more to help our neighbors improve their basic skills.

Letter to
DC Council
State Senator Vincent Orange 4
State Senator David Catania
and 12 others
State Senator Phil Mendelson
State Senator David Grosso
State Senator Anita Bonds
State Senator Marion Barry
State Senator Kenyan McDuffie
State Senator Mary Cheh
State Senator Muriel Bowser
State Senator Jack Evans
State Senator Jim Graham 4
State Senator Yvette Alexander
State Senator Tommy Wells 5
Governor Vincent Gray
I am writing to voice my support for the Pathways to Adult Literacy Fund and to urge Council to allocate $4 million to fully fund this important initiative in Fiscal Year 2014.

Without basic math, reading, and digital literacy skills, DC residents cannot follow written instructions, complete paperwork, communicate effectively with colleagues, or help their children with homework. This undermines the job security of working parents, the economic viability of our businesses, and the well-being of our families.

An initiative of the Adult and Family Education office in the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, the Pathways to Adult Literacy Fund will help 1,000 District residents enhance their basic skills and earn a GED, high school diploma, or post-secondary credential.

I urge you to make the Pathways to Adult Literacy Fund a top priority in the FY2014 budget. Thank you for your consideration.