[AAACE-NLA] Questions for Presidential Candidates
cfranc2 at ilstu.edu
Wed May 5 12:20:26 EDT 2004
Your questions are absolutely on target in my opinion. Thanks for sharing
your concerns! Be well.
Chris Francisco Director
Center for Adult Learning Leadership
At 11:51 AM 5/5/2004 -0400, you wrote:
>Are any increases possible for Adult Education and Literacy? If not, then
>how can we continue to educate low-literate citizens while providing
>English and education services for the increasing numbers of non-English
>speakers who have no schooling prior to entry into the US?
>Will there be possibilities for special grant funding to states that have
>little or no infrastructure to deal with inward migrations of rapidly
>growing numbers of non-English speaking adults and children? Kentucky for
>example is experiencing a 300% growth in just the last ten years-with most
>of that growth in the last five years.
>Is $189 per adult learner per year going to be the continued standard
>allocation to deal with adult learners who were not successful in schools
>where $6-8,000 per student is the standard?
>Are we serious about addressing the needs of the low functional literacy
>levels of the US workforce? As these voters watch their jobs "outsourced"
>to foreign countries, they are not being given adequate access to the
>training and education that will allow them to function in the new
>"global, knowledge-based economy." Should we re-focus priorities to
>address the destruction and disappearance of the American dream for the 90
>million US citizens functioning at the two lowest literacy levels, and
>therefore, cannot compete without additional education?
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