[AAACE-NLA] State Budget Advocacy
Bickerton, Robert P (DOE)
RBickerton at doe.mass.edu
Thu Mar 15 06:09:35 EDT 2012
Jeff, et al,
Unless the prior levels of funding were sufficient to meet the need for ABE (literacy, ASE + ESOL), I would recommend against making "level funding" or "restore funding" the target. Make a strong case for what you need and establish a "first installment target" that represents a strong step in that direction; that number should be at least equal to restoration and probably a bit more. The ensuing discussion will likely dwell on "level" and "restore," but at least you will be laying the foundation for future years of advocacy based upon what's really needed and not giving policy leaders an easier out, re, "we already took care of ABE."
Good luck - and take care,
Bob Bickerton, MA
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Subject: [AAACE-NLA] State Budget Advocacy
Hi everyone (and apologies for cross-posting),
I was at the Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education (PAACE) Annual Conference earlier this week to share some of the work we have done on budget advocacy in the District of Columbia. I was interested to learn that Pennsylvania advocates are trying to restore some of the funding that has been cut the last several years for adult education in PA.
In D.C., I went into our budget season thinking more in terms of simply holding the line at level funding, but was persuaded by D.C. LEARNs members and other advocates that we should be asking for a restoration of funds, not just level funding from last year's budget.
I'm wondering if anyone knows of other states where advocates are pushing for restoration of funding that was lost in recent years. Maybe we could share our strategies and approaches. I learned a lot from hearing about the efforts underway in Pennsylvania.
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