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WIA Reauthorization to See Floor Action, Possibly Next Week

By Jackie Taylor, with Ellen Fern and Marcie Foster

Dems Stage Walkout of WIA Committee MarkupYesterday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up and voted on the new Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act. The bill is nearly identical to HR 4297 originally introduced in the 112th Congress.  Democrats were very upset, stating that they were once again not included in the process of crafting the WIA bill that went to Committee markup.  The bill passed out of Committee 23-0, after the Democrats staged a walkout, and will be scheduled to go to the House floor for…

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Jobs and the Economy: Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act

—A Public Policy Update on Adult Education and Literacy

By Jackie Taylor

Adult education and literacy impacts a host of critical issues that face our nation: jobs and the economy, health care, immigration, poverty, families and children’s education, to name just a few. We can help change these issues for the better by advocating for more effective public policies that support adult education and literacy.

As the lame duck session nears a close, I’ll share public policy advocacy updates in parts.

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Part I of V: Jobs and

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Why the NCL Priorities for Reauthorizing WIA Are Important: Views From the Field

The National Coalition for Literacy has been asked by Hill staff, “Of the NCL WIA Reauthorization Priorities, which are most important?” The answer to that question is that they are all important.

From July 19 – August 6, the National Coalition for Literacy held a guest blog discussion on Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment ActWhat is a priority for you? During this period, guest bloggers from the Coalition wrote about why each NCL WIA reauthorization priority is important and invited comments from the field.

Substantive discussions resulted over multiple weeks about why these are priorities for the…

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Tips for Using Blog Discussions to Advance WIA Reauthorization Issues

Article by Jackie Taylor

From July 19 – August 6, the National Coalition for Literacy held a guest blog discussion on Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act – what is a priority for you? Even though these discussions are “formally” over, the conversations are continuing. (See, for example, the discussions on NRS reform, technology, the Center, and intensity and duration.)

We have thousands of users who spend…

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What are YOUR Priorities for Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act?

Update: January 2011: The National Coalition is updating its WIA Reauthorization Priorities for 2011. Check back here and on the main website in early February for updates.

During July 19 – August 5, 2010, guest bloggers from the National Coalition for Literacy have shared their thoughts with you as to why each of the NCL WIA Reauthorization priorities are important. Many readers have posted timely, relevant, and thought provoking comments in response. But are all of your priorities for WIA reauthorization on the Coalition’s list?

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Use A Consistent Definition of Adult Education and Allowable Local Adult Education Activities

. . . in Title I and Title II. [i]

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Jackie Taylor

In the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), several terms are defined in the beginning of the Titles. These definitions are then used as a foundation for crafting the legislation. WIA Title II authorizes federally-funded adult education and family literacy programs. You can find definitions for Title II in Section 203. As times change and the country’s needs change, definitions are added or altered to address these needs.

The problem arises when definitions within…

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Create a Separate Funding Stream in Title I for the Operation of the One-Stop Delivery System

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Art Ellison

A separate line item for infrastructure services for the One Stop Systems in Title I is required to prevent the huge reduction in state administrative funding for adult education. Other proposals to provide this funding would result in approximately 2/3 of the current 5% state administration funding under Title II going into this infrastructure fund.

That would mean the reduction of 66% of the adult education state administrative services currently being provided to the field under Title II. The alternative which would be to take the funds out of programs…

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Fund Programs of Sufficient Intensity and Duration for Participants to Achieve Substantial Learning Gains

. . . recognizing that programs providing individual instruction may provide fewer hours than programs employing group instruction.

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Jeff Carter, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, ProLiteracy

Everyone wants adult learners to move as quickly as possible to achieve their educational and career goals. The problem is that many adult learners have multiple demands on their time due to work and family circumstances—making highly intensive, uninterrupted participation in instruction unrealistic. This is why the potential benefits of higher intensity and duration of instruction should be balanced with the recognition that adult learners face

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Fund Research and Development Projects to Identify, Disseminate, and Support the Transfer of Findings Into Best Practices in Adult Education

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Jackie Taylor

As Nickie Askov discussed in her July 30 article on a research center, the adult education and literacy field has unique challenges not addressed by other fields. Thus, we cannot rely on other fields to conduct this research for us. In fact, we think research is so important, we made it a separate priority apart from the recommendation for a National Center for Adult Education, Literacy, and Workforce Skills.

We welcome your comments on any of the following questions:

Why, from your perspective, is

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Establish an Independent National Center for Adult Education, Literacy and Workforce Skills

. . . to provide the resources necessary to improve practice and provide high quality services to the adult education community and those they serve.[i]

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Nickie Askov

As former board member and research chair of the NCL, I have been concerned about the lack of funding for research, especially with the termination of a national research center for adult education and literacy.  The Institute for Education Sciences (IES) in the US Department of Education funded a national research and development center in adult education/literacy at Harvard University (National Center for the Study of…

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Eliminate the Current Incentive Grant Program

. . . and allow those funds to be added to the formula grants for states.

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Art Ellison

The rationale for changing the administration of Incentive Grants under Title I-II rests mainly on the fact, that for the past five years, all of the money for the grants has come from Title II. Earlier in the life of the Act Title I also had funds in this pot but their payments into the Incentive grant fund seemed to end when the current WIA legislation went into one year extensions beyond the original…

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Authorize and Codify the English Literacy and Civics Part of Title II

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by John Segota

Most federal funding programs are created through authorizing legislation, and then funded annually through the appropriations process. The EL/Civics grant program came about in a different way: it started first as a demonstration grant at the U.S. Department of Education, and has been funded annually for over a decade, but lacks the actual legislative backing to authorize the program. This creates a significant disadvantage for the program, as it only really exists on a year-to-year basis, rather than having the opportunity to grow. Moreover, without authorizing language, the program could disappear…

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Fund a Review of, and Update, the National Reporting System

. . . to ensure that required outcomes measures are appropriate for all levels of adult education students.

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Peggy McGuire

How might the National Reporting System (NRS) be reformed in order to best serve the needs of adult learners? Whether or not WIA is reauthorized this year, we should continue to move NRS reform forward. Thoughtful dialogue and recommendations are needed and welcomed from YOU! Just enter your comments and recommendations for NRS reform in the Comment box below. Your contributions will also show policy makers that there is significant interest in this…

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Increase State Leadership Funds from 12.5% to a Minimum of 15%

. . . to improve teacher quality by providing more professional development, improving working conditions, professionalizing the workforce, and researching what practitioners need to be effective.

—An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Andy Nash

NCL is advocating that state leadership funds be returned to 15% (the funding level before WIA), and that those funds be dedicated to strengthening the adult education workforce by supporting professional development and working conditions that stabilize the field. Understanding that state budgets are tight, if not in crisis, some are reluctant to use federal funds that could go into direct service this way.

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Strengthen the Direct and Equitable Provisions of the Law

. . . to ensure that all local eligible providers[i] have access to apply and compete for grants and contracts.

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Jeff Carter, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, ProLiteracy

Current law requires that all eligible providers have “direct and equitable access” to apply for federal grant funds under the Act. This means that a state must have grant application procedures in place that allow for all eligible providers of adult education services to apply for Title II funds, and it must treat all applicants fairly in funding decisions.

In practice, however, a number…

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Align the Activities of Title I and Title II for the Benefit of Adult Education Students

. . . by: establishing goals for co-enrollment; establishing shared accountabilities for serving adult education students; explicitly allowing career pathways, integrated education/training and dual and concurrent enrollment; and creating a new funding stream to support a career pathways leadership grant program.

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II, Workforce Investment Act, WIA) set broad economic and educational goals for adult education and English literacy programs. The law includes…

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Fund and Improve the Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning Through Innovation Grants and Pilot Projects

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Heidi Silver-Pacuilla

Consider these statistics about how U.S. adults are using technology in 2010 and whether adult education programs are prepared to take advantage of these trends:

Broadband. 74 % of adults have broadband access at home, and 67% consider themselves as users of that access in the home. The main dividing lines for access are along socioeconomic dimensions such as income and education:

46% of adults whose highest level of education is a high school degree are broadband users at home;

  • 82% of adults who have attended or graduated from college

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Amend the State Grant Funding Formula Under WIA Title II to Include English Language Learners With a High School Diploma or Equivalent

. . . along with a hold harmless provision so that no state sees any reduction in its current funding level as a result of this change.

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by John Segota

The demand for adult ESL programs has been growing dramatically in the U.S. for many years, however the funds distributed under WIA Title II – the largest federal funding program for adult ESL – are calculated based on the number of adults without a high school diploma. Although all adult English learners are eligible for WIA Title II programs, according to the following…

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Authorize Annual Appropriations for Adult Education of $1 Billion or More

An NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority

Article by Art Ellison,  Policy Committee Chair,  National Council of State Directors of Adult Education

An annual federal appropriation of at least $1 billion for adult education would represent the lowest possible figure that would indicate a serious commitment to the needs of undereducated adults in this country. The state grant appropriation level of $614 for FY11 contained in the budget submitted to Congress by the Obama administration would need to be increased by Congress to $386 million in order to reach the $1 billion level for next year.

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How to Participate in the Guest Blog Discussion

Have Your Voice Heard on the Hill About WIA Reauthorization:

Participate in the Guest Blog Discussion on Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act!

July 19 – August 6, 2010

To participate:

  • Review the 2009 – 2010 NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority below to read more about why it is important.
  • In the Comment box for this priority, add your reasons why it is important, and/or pose questions in the comments section and click “Comment.” NCL guest bloggers will reply to your comment,

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Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act: What is a priority for you?

Join Members of the National Coalition for Literacy for an online discussion of reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act, July 19 – August 6, 2010. Using the NCL Priorities for WIA Reauthorization as a springboard for discussion, comment on the priorities that are important to you and why, discuss the issues with guest bloggers, add your own priorities for WIA reauthorization, and vote on issues most important to you. During National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, NCL will share your comments and questions with legislative staffs over WIA reauthorization.

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Advocate for Change During WIA Reauthorization

Urge Congress to Reauthorize WIA NOW!
Weigh in: What Changes in Adult Education Do You Want Most?

Deadline: January 15, 2009

The Workforce Investment Act, Title II—the legislation that makes federally funded adult education programs possible—hasn’t changed since it was first authorized in 1998. Thanks to your advocacy efforts, Congress is now working to change it. Now it is time to tell Congress what changes you want to see most in adult education programs.

Remember, this is reauthorization, not appropriations. We will ask you to weigh in…

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Congress May Not Reauthorize the

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act AGAIN.

It’s Time to Change That NOW.          

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 Tell your US Senators and Representative to

Reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II Now.  

Congress is in danger of not reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II, also known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

This legislation…

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