Questions and Answers About the FY 2011 Budget Request

What does the FY 2011 Budget Request contain for adult education?

The President’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request for Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants contains $612.3 million to help adults in the United States become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills they need for postsecondary education, employment, and self-sufficiency. States will use these funds to support local programs.

How does this level compare to last year’s appropriation?

The request is $15.9 million below the 2010 level, but reflects a net increase of $30 million in adult education program support over 2009. This is because the 2010 level included a one-time increase of $45.9 million to compensate certain States for errors in calculating formula grant awards between fiscal years 2003 and 2008.

Does this request include funds reserved for English literacy/civics education?

The request for State Grants incorporates $75.0 million for the English literacy/civics education set-aside, equal to the 2010 level, that will help States and communities provide adult English language learners with expanded access to high-quality English literacy programs linked to civics education.

How much funding is proposed for OVAE’s National Leadership Activities?

The budget request for National Leadership Activities of $41.3 million includes a $30 million increase to support a Workforce Innovation Fund. Other National Activities funds would continue support for activities to increase the literacy and workforce skills of America’s native-born adults and meet the growing need to address gaps in English language acquisition, literacy, and workforce skills experienced by our immigrant population. The Department also would use National Activities funds to support priorities previously carried out by the National Institute for Literacy, which was eliminated in the 2010 appropriation.

What is the Workforce Innovation Fund?

This fund, along with an identical amount in vocational rehabilitation, would be part of a Partnership for Workforce Innovation, which encompasses $321 million of innovation funding in the Departments of Education and Labor. The departments will coordinate to award competitive grants to encourage innovation and identify and validate effective strategies that improve service delivery and outcomes for beneficiaries of programs authorized by the Workforce Investment Act. This investment would create strong incentives for change that, if scaled up, could improve the effectiveness of the workforce system.

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