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Fed agency reports on Biden Equity EO are out

AB
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
Thu, Apr 14, 2022 3:18 PM

Hello NCL colleagues,

One of the first executive orders that President Biden signed in January
2021 pertained to equity. This morning, the White House released high-level
overviews https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/ from each cabinet agency of
how they are responding to this EO. Disappointingly, the ED report has nothing
to say about adult education
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/ED-EO13985-equity-summary.pdf,
save for a passing reference to "adult learners" in its introductory
section.

We have our work cut out for us.

-Amanda

--

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow

National Skills Coalition
Pronouns: she/her/hers
1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20036
215-285-2860 (mobile)

www.nationalskillscoalition.org http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org

Hello NCL colleagues, One of the first executive orders that President Biden signed in January 2021 pertained to equity. This morning, the White House released high-level overviews <https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/> from each cabinet agency of how they are responding to this EO. Disappointingly, the ED report has nothing to say about adult education <https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/ED-EO13985-equity-summary.pdf>, save for a passing reference to "adult learners" in its introductory section. We have our work cut out for us. -Amanda -- *Amanda Bergson-Shilcock*, Senior Fellow *National Skills Coalition* Pronouns: she/her/hers 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20036 215-285-2860 (mobile) *www.nationalskillscoalition.org <http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org>* * <http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org>*
DK
Deborah Kennedy
Thu, Apr 14, 2022 5:59 PM

Hello, Amanda,

Thanks for drawing attention to the release of the Equity Action Plans. I appreciate the attention that the White House is giving to equity issues, and the E.O. 13985 requirement for Cabinet-level departments and other federal agencies to implement strategies that address those issues.

I have to agree that the Education Department's plan is disappointing; it refers to "America's education system" as "states, districts, K-12 schools, and postsecondary institutions," and the first strategy it lists for advancing equity is "prioritizi[ing] college access and college completion." We do indeed have much more work to do.

It's also interesting and instructive to look at how adult learners are represented in the strategies put forward by other Departments.

Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#educational-equity, in addition to the ED strategies, the list includes a DoD strategy for "increas[ing] access to childcare, on- and off-base, recognizing its importance in supporting spousal employment."

Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#civil-rights, the list includes several strategies for mitigating the barriers to access that individuals with limited English proficiency face.

Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#economic-justice, the list includes a DoL strategy for promoting "equitable access to workforce training for historically underserved workers and job seekers" and several interesting strategies for supporting wealth-building opportunities in underserved communities.

Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#criminal-justice, the list again includes a DoJ strategy for improving language access.

It's wonderful that several of the Equity Plans demonstrate intent to address the needs of [adult] nonnative speakers of English. However, the success of every one of the strategies listed in the Equity Plans will demand that all underserved community members possess the fundamental literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and digital skills that will permit them to take advantage of available opportunities. The Equity Plans demonstrate the need to advocate for the inclusion of adult foundational skills/education across the federal government; they also provide the opportunity to do so.

Deborah

Deborah Kennedy

Executive Director

http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/

---- On Thu, 14 Apr 2022 11:18:14 -0400 Amanda Bergson-Shilcock amandabs@nationalskillscoalition.org wrote ----

Hello NCL colleagues,

One of the first executive orders that President Biden signed in January 2021 pertained to equity. This morning, the White House released https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/ from each cabinet agency of how they are responding to this EO. Disappointingly, the ED report has https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/ED-EO13985-equity-summary.pdf, save for a passing reference to "adult learners" in its introductory section. 

We have our work cut out for us.

-Amanda

--

Amanda
Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow

National Skills Coalition
Pronouns: she/her/hers
1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20036
215-285-2860 (mobile)

http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org

http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org


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Hello, Amanda, Thanks for drawing attention to the release of the Equity Action Plans. I appreciate the attention that the White House is giving to equity issues, and the E.O. 13985 requirement for Cabinet-level departments and other federal agencies to implement strategies that address those issues. I have to agree that the Education Department's plan is disappointing; it refers to "America's education system" as "states, districts, K-12 schools, and postsecondary institutions," and the first strategy it lists for advancing equity is "prioritizi[ing] college access and college completion." We do indeed have much more work to do. It's also interesting and instructive to look at how adult learners are represented in the strategies put forward by other Departments. Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#educational-equity, in addition to the ED strategies, the list includes a DoD strategy for "increas[ing] access to childcare, on- and off-base, recognizing its importance in supporting spousal employment." Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#civil-rights, the list includes several strategies for mitigating the barriers to access that individuals with limited English proficiency face. Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#economic-justice, the list includes a DoL strategy for promoting "equitable access to workforce training for historically underserved workers and job seekers" and several interesting strategies for supporting wealth-building opportunities in underserved communities. Under https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/#criminal-justice, the list again includes a DoJ strategy for improving language access. It's wonderful that several of the Equity Plans demonstrate intent to address the needs of [adult] nonnative speakers of English. However, the success of every one of the strategies listed in the Equity Plans will demand that all underserved community members possess the fundamental literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and digital skills that will permit them to take advantage of available opportunities. The Equity Plans demonstrate the need to advocate for the inclusion of adult foundational skills/education across the federal government; they also provide the opportunity to do so. Deborah Deborah Kennedy Executive Director http://www.national-coalition-literacy.org/ ---- On Thu, 14 Apr 2022 11:18:14 -0400 Amanda Bergson-Shilcock <amandabs@nationalskillscoalition.org> wrote ---- Hello NCL colleagues, One of the first executive orders that President Biden signed in January 2021 pertained to equity. This morning, the White House released https://www.whitehouse.gov/equity/ from each cabinet agency of how they are responding to this EO. Disappointingly, the ED report has https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/ED-EO13985-equity-summary.pdf, save for a passing reference to "adult learners" in its introductory section.  We have our work cut out for us. -Amanda -- Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow National Skills Coalition Pronouns: she/her/hers 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20036 215-285-2860 (mobile) http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org _______________________________________________ National Coalition for Literacy Members mailing list -- mailto:members@lists.national-coalition-literacy.org To unsubscribe send an email to mailto:members-leave@lists.national-coalition-literacy.org To unsubscribe: %(web_page_url)slistinfo%(cgiext)s/%(_internal_name)s