Gretchen Wilson to testify before Congress on education
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Gretchen Wilson to testify before Congress on education

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 – Gretchen Wilson, who received her G.E.D. last year, will testify before Congress on May 5 about education.

Wilson will hand deliver nearly 10,000 letters from volunteers across the nation to both Tennessee congressmen and senators urging them to increase funding for adult education programs.

Wilson earned her diploma to prove to her eight-year old daughter Grace how important education is after leaving school at 15. Many Americans are dependent on federally funded public education programs to return to get a diploma.

Wilson will testify in a hearing before the Subcommittee on Higher Education about her experiences in earning her G.E.D. She will encourage Tennessee legislators to support adult education on the state and national level. The hearing will discuss the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Title II which establishes the structure, services and size of federally funded adult education and literacy programs. Since its installment in 1998, the act has never been reauthorized and is preventing states from adapting services to community needs.

Wilson will testify alongside Dollar General President and adult literacy advocate David Bere to help rally support and awareness for the cause. "I truly believe that we can be better parents and better Americans if we make adult education more accessible," Wilson said.

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