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Update on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, formerly the Workforce Investment Act). WIOA passed by a vote of 95 to 3 on June 25. WIOA is the key piece of federal legislation that, under Title II, funds adult education programs. An amendment to WIOA from Senator Flake that […]

Senate Committee Votes to Reauthorize WIA

On July 31, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted overwhelmingly to advance the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization bill (S. 1356) (What is WIA?). The Senate action is the first significant push to reauthorize WIA since House passage of a reauthorization bill (H.R. 803) in March 2013. The Senate bill connects […]

Congressional Update on Appropriations, Workforce, and Immigration

Here’s a quick update on a few key issues related to adult literacy and basic education: Appropriations The Senate Appropriations Committee is in the midst of marking up the FY14 budget. The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee has recommended $593,803 in funding for adult literacy and basic education grants. Due to the sequester, FY13 funding was […]

Update on the Workforce Investment Act

On June 20, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) titled, “Developing a Skilled Workforce for a Competitive Economy: Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act.” The Senate statements and questions during the hearing seemed to indicate bipartisan support for the reauthorization of […]

Facts on English Literacy Education in the AEFLA Grant Program

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the Department of Education recently released a one-page fact sheet on English literacy education in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant program. What is AEFLA? The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), enacted as Title II of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, is […]

President Must Invest in Adult Literacy and Basic Education

President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, February 13, 2013. Read our official reaction to the speech: ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, today commended President Obama for his emphasis on education in the 2013 State of the Union address. President Obama made clear […]

State-by-State Impact of Sequestration

Many programs will be hit hard if sequestration takes effect on January 1, 2013, as it is currently scheduled to do. The National Skills Coalition found that sequestration would result in 66,000 fewer adult learners being served by adult literacy programs, despite the fact that there are already 160,000 people on waiting lists for these programs. Interested […]

Update on Workforce Investment Act

The House Education and Workforce Committee met on June 7 to mark-up the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297). This is a step toward reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, the key piece of federal legislation that funds adult literacy and basic education. HR 4297 includes language that will allow states to consolidate adult […]

Brief Update on Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the key piece of federal legislation that provides funding for adult education programs. In March, Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4297). The full committee may begin markup of the bill as early as next week. This is […]

House to Hold Hearings on WIA

On April 17 at 10 a.m., the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Representative John Kline (R-MN), will hold a legislative hearing on the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 (H.R. 4297), introduced by Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Joe Heck (R-NV) . The hearing will take place in room 2175 […]

An Update on the Workforce Investment Act

A recent bill introduced in the House by Republication representatives reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which funds education and training programs. The bill introduced would also consolidate and convert the federal program into a block grant program for states, maintain current funding instead of boosting it by $8 billion, and require local job training boards — […]

ProLiteracy Urges President Obama to Remember Adults at Lowest Level of Literacy
ProLiteracy Urges President Obama to Remember Adults at Lowest Level of Literacy

ProLiteracy, the oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adult literacy and basic education, today commended President Obama for his call to states to require all students to stay in high school until graduation or age 18 and his commitment to support community colleges. Additionally, ProLiteracy supports the President’s national training initiative, announced during […]

Update on the WIA Bills Introduced December 8

As we noted, two bills were introduced into the House on December 8 related to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Representative Joe Heck (R-NV) introduced the Local Job Opportunities and Business Success (Local JOBS) Act and Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the Streamlining Workforce Development Programs Act (H.R. 3610). These two bills, along with an […]

Workforce Investment Act Update

Our contacts in Washington, D.C., indicate that two Workforce Investment Act (WIA )bills are potentially going to be introduced in the House of Representatives today (December 8): one from Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to remove duplication and consolidate federal workforce programs under WIA, and one from Representative Joe Heck (R-NV) concerned with increasing business engagement in WIA by […]

Updates on the FY12 House Labor/HHS Subcommittee Bill

The FY12 House Labor-HHS Appropriations bill was unveiled yesterday with a $4 billion cut below current levels. The draft House bill is expected to be a marker for Omnibus negotiations with the House. Title II funding in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) — which funds adult literacy and basic education programs — matches the Senate […]

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