MCAE’s top priority is increased state funding for Adult Basic Education. These funds are administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)). MCAE does not receive any of these funds.

For the provision and improvement of adult basic education services; provided, that grants shall be distributed to a diverse network of organizations that have demonstrated a commitment and an effectiveness in the provision of such services and that are selected competitively by the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that such grants shall support the successful transition of students from other adult basic education programs to community college certificate and degree-granting programs; provided further, that the grants shall be contingent upon satisfactory levels of performance as defined and determined by the department; provided further, that preference in awarding grants shall be given to organizations providing services to high percentages of parents of infants, toddlers and preschool and school-age children; provided further, that funds shall be expended to reduce the waitlist of students for English language learning services; provided further, that grants shall not be considered an entitlement to a grant recipient; provided further, that the department shall consult with community colleges and other service providers in supporting and implementing content, performance and professional standards for adult basic education programs and services; provided further, that the department shall fund a professional development system to provide training and support for adult basic education programs and services; provided further, that funds shall be expended on phase two pay-for-performance contracts based on outcomes-based contract measuring and funding services that result in employment and wage gains and that require bridge funding while final performance results are analyzed;…provided further, that funds appropriated for this item shall not revert but shall be made available for this item in fiscal year 2022.

Budget Advocacy Materials

MCAE FY2022 State Budget request
Education is the Key to Economic Security
Common Questions about ABE
Massachusetts Adult Education Quick Facts Sheet

Additional Resources

Action Toolkit for Teachers and Students
What to Know about the State Budget Process