Literacy Action Network Newsletter                                    January 2020
If you are able to join us, please fill out this form, and our committee will make every effort to set up a meeting with your legislator(s) on March 9! More information available on the LAN website.
2020 Legislative Update

The LAN Board has adopted a 2020 legislative platform designed to stabilize financial resources to serve Adult Basic Education (ABE) students in Minnesota. The platform was developed over several months of thought and feedback from the LAN Membership throughout the state.  The primary plank is:

  • Increase ABE funding annually based on the percentage of increase that K-12 receives each year.

Since 2001, ABE funding state-wide has remained flat, while the inflation rate from 2001 to 2018 was more than 38%. The overall impact has been a significant decrease in funding to support needed ABE services statewide. While K12 and ECFE receive an annual per-student funding increase, ABE does not. The proposed platform addresses this shortfall by increasing resources for all ABE consortia.

Secondary platform planks include:

  • LAN supports efforts by the Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers to expand racial diversity among public school teachers in Minnesota.
  • LAN will monitor discussion regarding pay equity between K-12 and ABE or ECFE teacher contracts for licensed teachers and the potential impacts to services available.

 Download a printable PDF of the 2020 Legislative Platform HERE

If you haven't yet, it's time to renew your LAN membership for 2019 (all 2019 memberships expired December, 31, 2019). 
Your membership is critical to help us promote and advocate for MN adult basic education through events like the ABE Day at the Capitol and staff development events like the annual Summer Institute conference.  You will also receive a complimentary COABE membership allowing you to participate for FREE in numerous webinars and that they offer.

To join or renew go to our website or click on the JOIN button below.
LAN will award four $250 scholarships to defray the cost to attend the COABE conference in March; follow this link for more information:  LAN Scholarship Application Form
Join or Renew your LAN Membership for 2020
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