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

April 17, 2013

The Community Foundation invests in programs throughout the region that build workers’ literacy and workforce skills. We make these investments knowing that in today’s economy, 8 in 10 jobs are beyond the reach of workers who lack a postsecondary credential. Moreover, the potential earnings gap between low- and high-skilled workers has grown from 40 percent in 1980 to 74 percent today. It is more evident than ever that equipping District residents with basic literacy skills and credentials is an essential first step to these residents to take on their path to self-sufficiency.

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.

The DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education has drafted an FY14 budget proposal requesting $4 million to help to address these challenges. Amongst the items requested by OSSE are:

  • Funds to grow the Accelerated Learning program to enable 1,000 additional DC residents to obtain a post-secondary credential;
  • Funds to help nonprofits update curriculum and train teachers to prepare for impending changes to the GED and National External Diploma Program; and,
  • Funds to help up to 150 residents complete Microsoft Office and Microsoft Technician Certifications, building their skills to compete in the in-demand IT sector.

Click here to sign our petition urging the Council to fully fund the $4 million Pathways to Adult Literacy Fund – and help 1,000 District residents enhance their basic skills and earn necessary credentials.

And once you’ve signed, help spread the word – share the petition on Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

For background on why this is so important, read our fact sheet here.

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