For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015
Rep. Loudenbeck, JFC Vote to Support Adult Literacy
Madison – Today, Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), along with her colleagues on the Joint Finance Committee, voted in favor of two budget amendments which invest in adult literacy services.
The committee approved a budget amendment which allocates additional dollars for adult literacy grants to support statewide adult literacy programming. The committee also approved a budget amendment which supports general education development (GED) testing and preparation for individuals who receive assistance from the temporary aid for needy families (TANF) program.
“This investment in helping adults achieve proficiency in basic literacy skills will help close the skills gap and ensure that individuals succeed at home and in the workforce. We are removing barriers to obtaining a GED for our citizens who are striving toward economic self-sufficiency,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.
“Wisconsin Literacy Inc. and the75 member literacy agencies it supports will use the literacy grants to move adult students toward educational and career pathways,” stated Michele Erikson, executive director of Wisconsin Literacy Inc. Community-based literacy agencies have a significant return on investment due to the generosity of trained volunteer tutors committed to seeing their students make significant progress. Last year, our members served over 17,700 adults in the areas of GED attainment, job readiness, computer skills, health literacy, citizenship, reading, writing, and math.”
Link to adult literacy grants budget amendment: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/asm31/365.pdf
Link to GED testing and preparation for TANF eligible individuals budget amendment: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/asm31/349.pdf