[AAACE-NLA] Next Steps, Discussion on Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act
Jackie A. Taylor
jackie at jataylor.net
Fri Aug 6 11:57:44 EDT 2010
Dear AAACE-NLA Colleagues:
Today's article is the last in a series on Reauthorizing the Workforce
Investment Act-what is a priority for you? http://blog.ncladvocacy.org
<http://blog.ncladvocacy.org/> . The NCL invites you to post your
priorities if they are not already listed among the Coalition's priorities.
Tell us why your priorities for WIA reauthorization are important!
Also, today is the last "official" day that NCL Members will be available to
respond to comments and questions for the guest blog discussion. However,
Coalition Members will continue to respond to new comments as their
This collection of articles on key priorities for our field represents a
central repository of many key issues for WIA reauthorization. We will
continue to keep each issue updated with timely and relevant information.
You might wish to bookmark pages that are important to you, and comment on
them so that your priorities are adequately represented. These issues and
comments will go to the Hill during National Adult Education and Family
Literacy Week, September 13 - 19, 2010.
And if you haven't voted for your top three WIA reauthorization issues, we
invite you to do so! Many have participated in our straw poll thus far.
Please see below for quick links to articles.
Have a great weekend!
NCL Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
NCL/Dollar General Technology Coordinator
Jackie at jataylor.net
NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority (In no particular order):
Authorize Annual Appropriations for Adult Ed of $1 Billion or More Art
Ellison discusses the need for adult literacy advocacy and the single
challenge we face in advocating for funding: "As President Jed Bartlett said
"those who show up make the decisions." We need many more people showing up
in order to get us to a $1 billion federal appropriation."
Amend State Grant Formula to Include ELLs with HS Diploma or Equivalent John
Segota discusses the significance of 11+ million adult English learners
being left out of the funding formula that determines federal funding for
states. These learners have a HS diploma or equivalent, but are not included
in the calculations.
Fund and Improve the Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning Heidi
Silver-Pacuilla will discuss the critical need to improve the use of
technology for teaching and learning
Align Title I and II Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield discusses why we need to do
better at aligning Title I/II for adult learners:
Strengthen Direct and Equitable Provisions of the Law Join Jeff Carter to
discuss issues pertaining to direct and equitable access to federal funds
for providing adult education services. Share your experiences and explore
recommendations for strengthening these provisions.
Increase State Leadership from 12.5% to a Minimum of 15% Andy Nash discusses
why state leadership should change from a ceiling of 12.5% to a floor of
Fund a Review of, and Update, the National Reporting System Peggy McGuire
shares why NRS reform is important to move forward regardless of whether we
see WIA reauthorization this year
Authorize and Codify EL/Civics John Segota discusses why it is important to
put legislative backing behind the EL/Civics program, and what could happen
if we don't. http://blog.ncladvocacy.org/2010/07/authorize-codify-el-civics/
Eliminate the Current Incentive Grant Program/Allow Funds to be Added to
Formula Grants for States Art Ellison explains how adult education programs
often do not benefit from the way the incentive grant program is currently
structured and how we could benefit ($10M/year) if this were changed.
Establish Independent National Center for Adult Education, Literacy, and
Workforce Skills Nickie Askov explains how this independent Center would
fill a research void in our field, as well as addressing other important
Fund Research and Development Projects Jackie Taylor underscores the
importance of research for adult education and invites input on how we
should continue to advance this priority.
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. Jeff Carter discusses why intensity and duration differs for
programs providing individual versus group instruction and should thus be
recognized in legislation as fundable.
Create a Separate Funding Stream in Title I for Operating One-Stops Art
Ellison discusses why it is important to not use adult education funding to
pay for the administration of one-stops.
Use Consistent Definitions of Adult Ed and Allowable Activities in Title
I/II Jackie Taylor explains how misalignment of definitions can impact who
can access services, who can provide them, and what activities may result,
both within WIA and across legislation.
What are YOUR Priorities? Are your priorities for WIA reauthorization among
the Coalition's priorities? If not, visit this blog article to share what
YOUR priorities are for WIA reauthorization and why they are important.
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