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Legislative Update from Tom Cytron-Hysom

The past two weeks have been very busy in terms of pursuing our legislative agenda. Highlights include:

Our bill was introduced into the House as HF 979, and in the Senate as SF
923.

We had an extremely successful Legislative Forum at the Capitol last Tuesday. Thank you to all who attended. I'd like to extend a special thanks to Casie Moen, who did an exceptional job of coordinating the overall event, with assistance from Marion Santucci, Eric Nesheim, and myself.
Thanks, also, to lobbyists Brad Lundell and Sherry Munyon for their training assistance; to the wonderful student speakers; and to the legislators who took the time to speak to us.

The House Early Childhood Committee heard our bill last Thursday, Feb. 22,meeting at the Hubbs Center. Rep. Winkler, who is carrying the bill in the House, did a great job of presenting it to the Committee. It was clear that members were very moved by the incredible stories told by five student speakers. Deb Schlick, of Affirmative Options, spoke about the need for ABE services by MFIP recipients. Thanks to the Hubbs Center staff for their great help in making arrangements for the hearing, to the Committee staff for taking care of numerous details, and to lobbyist Linda Sandvig for her hard work with Committee members and staff. The bill was 'laid over' for consideration in the omnibus bill (this is what is supposed to happen at this point!).

Now that we have come this far, we still have a lot of work to do to get the funding so desperately needed by the field.:

Continue to contact your legislators, asking them to support our bill.

Please let me know via email whenever you contact a legislator, and most especially if you receive any response. We are tracking these contacts, because they help us know who is most supportive (or not!) of our funding request, which helps us with strategy.

Please consider writing a letter to your local newspaper in support of our funding request.
Letters can be brief - stating the need for ABE, talking about how students in your community benefit, anbd asking for adequate funding. Such letters really help create the 'buzz' that can translate into legislative support for ABE.
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Tom Cytron-Hysom

email: thysom@real-time.com 

webpage: http://www.tomcytron-hysom.net/ 

phone: 651.695.1734

fax: 651.695.1773

"Adult Basic Education and Learning (ABLE) cannot continue to be viewed in isolation, as a separate educational goal S but rather as part of the overall education, training and learning system and policy at national and international level.
STo educate children, it is essential to educate adultsS This is the importance of educating adults, for their own sake and for the sake of children, for the present and for future generations. S

--Rosa Maria Torres

Linguist, educator, social activist Former Minister of Education and Culture for Ecuador

 

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