[AAACE-NLA] State Funding For ABE
AEllison at ed.state.nh.us
Fri Sep 21 10:49:27 EDT 2007
To the list,
Many states have annual organized visits by students to their state
legislature (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts as well as others) Last
year's event in Massachusetts brought 1,500 students to the legislature
in Boston. It was described by State Senator Dianne Wilkerson as "the
largest one day lobbying effort that lawmakers have seen in a long time"
and by one of the organizers as the "biggest event for literacy even the
state of Massachusetts.
Many states have students involved constantly in letter writing or
postcard campaigns on both the state and federal level. Here in New
Hampshire, as part of the recent successful campaign for additional
state funding, students signed and sent 5,000 postcards to members of
the state legislature. Students also testify at hearings of the NH House
Finance Committee. We also pair students with local program directors
when they meet with the in-state staff of our two NH US Senators and two
members of the House.
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[mailto:aaace-nla-bounces at lists.literacytent.org] On Behalf Of Sarah
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 11:45 AM
To: National Literacy Advocacy List sponsored by AAACE
Subject: Re: [AAACE-NLA] State Funding For ABE
The information on state funding for ABE is very interesting. I wonder
if it would be possible for someone states to briefly describe any
advocacy actions taken whether it resulted in an increase or not.
Massachusetts is an outstanding example of effective advocacy. Are
there others? Particularly important to me this year is any student
advocacy. In St. Louis this year we have three student interns who are
working to generate student leadership for advocacy and participation in
the COABE conference. They are looking for examples in other states
[and learned a great deal by attending the VALUE Leadership Institute.]
Has anyone had students write letters, speak to elected officials, or
visit the state capital?
Literacy Program Developer
815 Olive Street, Suite 22
St. Louis, MO 63101
314-678-4443 ext. 206
sbeaman at webster.edu
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