This bill represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado, and the Bell Policy Center strongly supports it. The innovative and collaborative pilot program established through the bill is based on a successful educational model employed in other states. It will help low-literacy, low-skilled working-age adults more quickly and effectively acquire the education and technical skills they need for successful participation in the 21st century workforce.
The legislature should significantly increase state support for adult basic education by appropriating at least $1 million each year to match the state???s federal grant and to expand and improve basic services. This investment will help more adults get GEDs, learn English and become literate.