2016-05-11 / Front Page

Lawmakers Celebrate Seven Percent Increase Toward Immigrant Programs

For the 2016-2017 state budget, Assembly Member Ron Kim, Chair of the Task Force on New Americans, announced a significant increase of $2.35 million in funding for major language, literacy, and education programs. In the upcoming fiscal year, total funding for New American-related programs increased by seven percent. In celebrating this success, Assemblyman Kim stressed the need for continued advocacy in supporting new immigrants and providing them with opportunities to succeed.

"In the most recently enacted budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, we were able to secure increased funding for programs related to New Americans by about 7 percent, an over $2 million increase compared to last year’s budget," stated Assemblyman Ron Kim. "I am especially grateful for the $1 million increase toward adult literacy education and bilingual programs, but there is still a huge need throughout the state. There are still over 2.3 million adults who need adult literacy services in this state, and we must do a better job in helping them. We will continue to advocate for more resources in the future."

Here's video clip of Assemblyman Kim after the state budget was passed on April 1, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKV-WXwaGYU
Adult Literacy Education (ALE) funds programs assisting non-citizens in attainment of citizenship, including case management, English-as-a-second-language classes, job training and placement assistance, and job retention services. The bilingual education program provides competitive grants for adult literacy to public and private non-profit agencies, including two- and four-year colleges, community-based organizations, libraries, and volunteer literacy organizations and institutions which meet State Education Department quality standards.

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