Adult Literacy Matters

President signing bill into law.Our partners at ProLiteracy let us know that on July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), formerly the Workforce Investment Act, into law. WIOA was passed by a vote of 95 to 3 in the U.S. Senate and a vote of 415-6 in the U.S. House of Representatives. WIOA is the key piece of federal legislation that, under Title II, funds adult education programs.

ProLiteracy and LVA support WIOA as a crucial step toward getting Americans back to work by reinvesting in the adult literacy and basic education field. The passage of WIOA now opens the door to potential opportunities for the adult literacy and basic education field that ProLiteracy and LVA will continue to monitor and seek to influence in support of our member programs.

Thank you to all of you who helped support this legislation over the years by communicating with your elected officials.

View video on whitehouse.gov of the signing ceremony…

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