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.
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 30, 2015
The Murphy/ Turner rider was included in House budget, Article
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 are being
resolved now by a Budget Conference Committee, which is closed to
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, all of the conference committee
members need to hear loud support from across the state. Please
take a moment to call them.
Budget Conference Committee Members:
Rep. Trent Ashby - Lufkin
Rep. Sarah Davis - West University Place
Rep. Larry Gonzales - Round Rock
Rep. John Otto - Dayton
Rep. Sylvester Turner - Houston
Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa - McAllen
Sen. Joan Huffman - Houston
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst - Brenham
Sen. Jane Nelson - Flower Mound
Sen. Charles Schwertner - Georgetown
"Hi this is ___. I'm
calling regarding a rider in the state
budget requesting an increase in adult
education funding. Who could I talk to about
(if they hand you off to someone
else, give your intro again)
We hope we can count on (name of
official) to ensure that the funding Rep. Jim Murphy and Rep.
Sylvester Turner requested to expand adult education services makes
it out of Article XI and into the budget. Even a portion of the $20
million requested will make a big difference in ensuring that we're
strengthening the Texas workforce. Thank you for your time!"
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