One of MCAE’s most important advocacy priorities is increased state funding for adult basic education under line item #7035-0002 (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). MORE
For the provision and improvement of adult basic education services, including reading, writing and mathematics; provided, that grants shall be distributed to a diverse network of organizations which have demonstrated commitment and effectiveness in the provision of such services, and that are selected competitively by the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that such grants shall support the successful transition of students from other adult basic education programs to community college certificate and degree-granting programs; provided further, that such grants shall be contingent upon satisfactory levels of performance as defined and determined by the department; provided further, that in no case shall grants be considered an entitlement to a grant recipient; provided further, that the department shall consult with the community colleges and other service providers in establishing and implementing content, performance and professional standards for adult basic education programs and services; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended for personnel costs at the department of elementary and secondary education. CLOSE
The Public Policy Committee strategizes and implements an annual advocacy campaign to promote adult basic education services as well as increased funding to expand capacity and strengthen adult basic education services.
The annual advocacy campaign includes:
- Establishing and cultivating ongoing communication with legislators regarding the importance of adult basic education to individual adults, the community and the Commonwealth
- Informing and mobilizing advocates via MCAE Alerts sent electronically
- Providing training for advocates, which includes staff, volunteers and students
- Incorporating civic engagement and public policy issues into the adult basic education curriculum
MCAE also supports the budget and policy priorities of its allies that affect the adult basic education community.