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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 […]

Help Maintain California Libraries!

The Governor of California’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year keeps library funding level. The California Library Association is requesting an additional $5 million–$750,000 of which would restore library literacy programs that were cut during past budget cycles. If you think these important literacy programs should be reinstated, let the policymakers in California know! […]

Update on Immigration Reform

On May 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin mark-up of the 844-page Senate proposal, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” Related to adult literacy and basic education, the proposal: Establishes a new Office of Citizenship and New Americans; Creates a U.S. Citizenship Foundation to expand citizenship instruction; Creates a task force on […]

President Obama’s FY2014 Budget Proposal

On April 10, President Obama sent his FY2014 federal budget proposal to Congress. This is the first step in a yearly budgeting process; Congress will likely make significant changes before final appropriations are completed. For fiscal year 2014, President Obama has requested level funding at $595 million for adult basic education and literacy programs as compared […]

Education and the Continuing Resolution

The U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution (what’s a continuing resolution?)  on March 20 and will send it over to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval on March 21. The House is expected to agree with the Senate version. What does this mean for education funding? The Department of Education will be funded at […]

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