Contact your Senators and Representative and Ask Them to Sign the “Dear Colleague” Letters Being Circulated in Support of the Strengthening Communities through Education and Integration Act

Earlier this week, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced the Strengthening Communities through Education and Integration Act (S.3334 and H.R. 6617). The Strengthening Communities through Education and Integration Act will help educate individuals in English literacy and civics education, invest in our workforce, and provide impact aid to assist local communities integrate new populations.

Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to sign the “Dear Colleague” letters being circulated in the Senate by Senator Clinton and in the House of Representatives by Representative Honda in support of the bill. Also ask your Senators and Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill.

When you contact your Senators and Representative, you must ask them to call Philip with Senator Clinton or Gloria with Representative Honda, in order to co-sign the letter. DO NOT CALL Philip or Gloria directly.

When contacting your Members of Congress prepare to state why this issue is of importance. With the growth of the English language learner population comes the urgent need to devote resources to education and ensuring that we fully embrace them into their communities. The Strengthening Communities through Education and Integration Act would:

Invest in adult education programs for English language learners:

· Increases our investment in adult education by codifying English literacy and civics adult education programs and creating a new appropriation for these programs.

Ensure that our nation’s children and schools have adequate funding and resources for vital literacy programs for English language learners:

· Increases the authorization for Even Start Family Literacy programs to $350 million.

· Provides resources for expanded learning time programs for English language learners in middle and high school.

Assist schools with teacher recruitment for English language learners:

· Creates a $1,500 tax credit for teachers of English language learners and a deduction for their certification.

Provide incentives for employers to offer adult education and ESL programs to their employees:

· Creates a 20% tax credit to employers that expend their resources to provide English language instruction and GED training.

Provide technical assistance and support to state and local efforts supporting newcomers:

· Re-establishes the Office of Citizenship in USCIS as the Office of Citizenship and Immigrant Integration, which would coordinate federal policies on integration and serve as a liaison to state and local entities

· Makes grant money available to states to establish New American Councils that bring together business, faith, civic, philanthropic, non-profit and education stakeholders to create and implement immigrant integration programs.

House

Sponsor

Mike Honda (D-CA)

Co-Sponsor

Neil Abercrombie (HI-1)

Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

Madeleine Bordallo (GU)

Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Keith Ellison (MN-5)

Rahm Emanuel (IL-5)

Eni Faleomavaega (AS)

Raul Grijalva (AZ-7)

Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)

Mazie Hirono (HI-2)

Doris Matsui (CA-5)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)

Senate

Sponsor

Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

Co-Sponsor

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

2 comments

  1. I know there are people around the world who need our help and I understand that, but what about the people here in the US who really need help. There are good people who have worked all their lives, paied their bill on time, then lost there jobs due to the ecomeny, and the banks are taking their cars, homes and everything they have worked for all their lives, and they can”t find another job, because they are over 50. What about them, the little people are the ones who started this country, why won”t our Govertment help them? They bail out the banks, auto makers but don”t give a darn about anything else, and we are suppose to be a free country, can someone tell me why?

  2. what is the matter with our state reps. today all they care about is themselves

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