TESOL Supports Adult Education Bill

Senators Reed (D-Rhode Island) and Young (R-Indiana) introduced the Adult Education WORKS Act (S.5202) in an effort to strengthen and expand the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ACT (WIOA) and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), benefiting the adult education profession and the students who participate in its many programs.

TESOL International Association supports S.5202, as it will increase funding for adult education programs, strengthen professional development opportunities and full-time staffing opportunities, and incorporate digital and information literacy into adult education programs. As one-third of adult education participants are multilingual learners of English, this act will serve to enhance and supplement programs for increased opportunities and advancement.