Acting Massachusetts' Governor Jane Swift's priority list in her first "State of the State" address last week included spending five million dollars more on adult education programs to help people looking to improve job skills. The boost would bring state spending for adult basic skills to a total of $35 million in her budget request for adult basic education programs. Swift said:
"These tough times…highlight the importance of adult education and job training to the state's long-term economic success. The answer to this problem is to make adult education and worker training full partners in a larger system of lifelong learning… The budget I submit this month adds five million dollars for adult education. I'm also including new proposals for streamlining and strengthening existing programs."
Read what your Governor said about adult education in his or her "State of the State." Go the "Governor's Speeches" section of the NGA website.