Advocate for Adult Education

Advocacy

Houston Center for Literacy advocates and rasises awareness for public policies that strengthen the literacy landscape in our city, across Texas, and nationally. We work collaboratively with providers and coalitons in order to develop a system where state agencies, publicy funded programs, and community-based organizations create a network of literacy and adult basic education services.

84th Legislative Session

Thanks to the support and time of adult education stakeholders across Texas, we've made some amazing headway this legislative session. Members of the business community, learners, workforce development professionals, and adult education providers attended Houston Center for Literacy's community forums this fall to prepare for the session. Over 60 stakeholders attended Adult Education Advocacy Day in February to continue building a statewide voice for this issue. What we've heard loud and clear across the state is that the adult education system is running at the bare minimum. In order to do more, it needs more funding.

Now, Texans who care about adult education have an opportunity to secure additional state funding thanks to strong, bipartisan leadership at the Capitol.  

Following his work as co-chair of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Education Policy for a Skilled Workforce, Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston) has taken action to increase state funding for adult education in Texas. Along with his colleague, Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston), they have filed a rider to the Texas Workforce Commission budget to increase funding for adult education by $20 million over the next two years. 

Update, April 1, 2015

The Murphy/ Turner rider was included in House budget, Article XI.

A companion rider was filed in the Texas Senate by Senators Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio). It was not included in workgroup recommendations for inclusion in the Senate budget, so it did not pass.

Differences between the House and Senate budgets will be resolved by a Conference Committee, which is closed to the public. Conference Committee members have not yet been appointed.

Call to Action

Many thanks to those of you who have already called the Capitol to voice your support this session. We're now down to the final window of opportunity and it's time to call again. For the bipartisan proposal for increased funding for adult education to stand any chance of moving forward, our local elected officials need to hear loud support from across the state.

  • Look up your state senator and representative here.
  • Call their capitol office, introduce yourself, and say:
    "What are you doing to support the Sylvester Turner/ Jim Murphy proposed expansion of adult education funding?  There is a proposal in the budget to increase funding for adult education. We hope we can count on your office's support."

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