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Can Improving Literacy Help Decrease Poverty?

Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” has been much in the news this week, as we marked 50 years since its introduction. In the Wall Street Journal, Robert Rector’s opinion piece “How the War on Poverty Was Lost” cited that the federal government has spent more than $20 trillion the last 50 years on welfare programs. Yet  the poverty […]

New Data on U.S. Adult Literacy is a Reality Check

The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) (http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/piaac/), released last week, signals the need for increased and continued investment in adult education. Some of PIAAC’s findings include: Low literacy skills continue to be a major problem in the United States. One in six adults has low literacy skills. In addition to low reading […]

How the Government Shutdown Affects Adult Literacy

Questions abound concerning the partial federal government shutdown that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on October 1. Most importantly, “What does a government shutdown mean?” and “How does it affect me?” Even if you not are not one of the 818,000 workers furloughed,[1] the shutdown affects you. The government shutdowns means that any federal […]

Arizona Funds Adult Education with $4.5 million

Arizona is funding on adult education for the first time in three years! The state budgeted $4.5 million for the state’s adult-education program — one of the most effective in the nation — for the current fiscal year, after not funding it since 2010. Public money serves about 38,000 Arizonans a year. About 20 percent of […]

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 […]

Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill 68-32

On June 27, the Senate voted 68-32 to approve a new immigration reform bill. One major focus of the legislation is offering potential citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for debate. The likelihood of House passage is unclear. If it […]

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 […]

Immigration Policy Update

As a reminder, in March, both the Senate and the Obama administration renewed focus on immigration reform. Both proposals require speaking English as a requirement for attaining permanent residency status in the United States. Under the current bill, undocumented immigrants would have to obtain English proficiency or show they are enrolled in a language course […]

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 […]

Which States Spend the Most (and Least) on Public Education?

A new report from the Census Bureau provides detailed information about how much money the 50 states and the District of Columbia are spending on elementary and secondary education. The report uses information from fiscal year 2011. On average, $10,560 was spent per student, which was down 0.4 percent from 2010. The states that spend […]

California Governor’s Adult Ed Budget Proposal

Here’s the latest on California’s adult education situation: California Governor Jerry Brown submitted a budget revision on May 14 that substantially increases funding for adult education beginning in 2015-16, raising the amount allocated to $500 million instead of the $300 million in his original budget proposal for 2013-14 released in January. The original budget would have made […]

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