NLA INFO: Adult Education bill introduced in Congress
srosenbe at twc.state.tx.us
Thu Apr 24 11:28:35 EDT 1997
thanks so much for the update. i was looking for this bill and hadn't seen
it filed in thomas. really appreciate the way nifl keeps us up on the
legislation. helps immensely. thanks again!!
At 10:35 AM 4/23/97 EST, you wrote:
> A new Policy Update that summarizes the Employment, Training and
> Literacy Enhancement Act introduced in Congress last week follows.
> Alice Johnson
> National Institute for Literacy
> New Adult Education and Training Bill Introduced in Congress
> April 17, 1997 -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers today introduced
> legislation that consolidates over 50 employment, training, and
> literacy programs into three block grants to states: one for adult
> employment and training, one for disadvantaged youth, and one for
> adult education and literacy.
> The Employment, Training, and Literacy Enhancement Act of 1997,
> H.R. 1385 -- introduced by Reps. Buck McKeon (R-CA), Bill Goodling
> (R-PA), and Dale Kildee (D-MI) -- picks up where the House left off
> last year when the CAREERS bill was not enacted.
> Key Adult Education and Literacy Provisions
> H.R. 1385 includes a number of provisions that are important to the
> adult education and literacy community. It includes separate funding
> streams for each of the three block grants and requires states to give
> all local providers "direct and equitable access" to federal adult
> education funds. It prohibits states from using funds allocated by
> this bill to supplant state adult education and literacy funds.
> Of the funds that flow from the federal government to the states
> for adult education and literacy through this bill, 85 percent must
> reach local programs for service delivery, 10 percent may be used for
> professional development and other program improvement activities
> within the state, and not more than 5 percent may be used for state
> H.R. 1385 explicitly includes family literacy as part of the adult
> education and literacy system. It continues national program support
> activities through both the Department of Education and the National
> Institute for Literacy. It eliminates the current set-aside for
> corrections education, as well as the current limit on how much can be
> spent on adult secondary education.
> Key Employment and Training Provisions
> In order to improve access to employment and training services, the
> bill transfers responsibility for design and implementation of
> programs to states and local communities and creates a full service
> employment and training system, similar to the "one-stop" centers
> already operating in some states. The system offers comprehensive
> education and training information, such as skill assessment, job
> search and placement assistance, and information about local adult
> education and literacy programs.
> H.R. 1385 requires each state to establish a state plan that
> includes specific goals, benchmarks, and measures. The state plan
> will be used by the federal government to monitor how each state is
> meeting its goals and benchmarks and by the state to monitor local
> program progress. Adult education and literacy measures -- called
> "core performance indicators" -- include the following:
> z demonstrated improvements in state literacy and numeracy skill
> z placement or retention in or completion of postsecondary education,
> training, or employment;
> z attainment of the literacy skills and knowledge individuals need to
> be productive and responsible citizens and to become more actively
> involved in the education of their children.
> The bill requires a joint planning process at the state level,
> coordinated by the Governor, who would bring together representatives
> of the education and business communities to develop the plan. The
> state agency with responsibility for adult education and literacy
> would have final authority over the adult education and literacy
> sections of the plan.
> States that exceed their goals could receive additional funding
> through new incentive grants from the Secretary of Education, while
> those that fail to meet their goals would be sanctioned by a reduction
> in funding.
> Next Steps
> The Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Training, and Lifelong
> Learning, chaired by Rep. McKeon, is scheduled to consider H.R. 1385
> on April 24. Since the bill has bipartisan support, it is likely to
> move quickly to full committee, chaired by Rep. Goodling, for
> consideration. As it moves through the legislation process, specific
> elements of the legislation are likely to change, and these changes
> will be covered in future Policy Updates.
> For a copy of H.R. 1385, call the House Document Room at 202/226-5200.
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