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States Now Receiving FY 2009 Funds From SFSF and AEFLA
Secretary Duncan recently announced that all states have met the deadline for applying for the first round of State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) grants. The SFSF accounts for almost half of the $100 billion invested in education under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Thirty-seven states already have received their stabilization funds, with the rest expected to have their first payment within about two weeks. Adult education state grants under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) also have been released to all states and outlying areas.
ED Posts and Tweets OVAE's Thursday Notes
The Department (ED) now posts OVAE’s Thursday Notes on its Web site and also has Tweeted Thursday Notes items on ED’s Twitter function. OVAE is the first office in ED to Tweet. OVAE also appears on EDblog, which reported on Deputy Assistant Secretary Cummings leading a delegation of college presidents to a meeting in Jordan. OVAE plans to continue direct e-mail distribution of Thursday Notes to state directors of adult education, major education groups, policymakers, academics and interested others as usual.
New Hampshire Adult Ed Funding Jumps 75 Percent
New Hampshire adult education programs will receive a 75 percent increase in funding under the new state FY 2010—2011biennial budgetsigned by Gov. John Lynch June 26. New funding will expand the number of adult high schools, create transition-to-college programs, and increase resources for adults preparing for the GED test and for learning disabled students. Contact Art Ellison for more information.
Online Instruction Offers Advantages; Blended Approaches Appear Best
Online instruction can offer key benefits, a new ED statistical meta-analysis shows. The analysis discovered that the best strategy appeared to be “blended” instruction— combining elements of online and face-to-face instruction —because it offered a larger advantage over either strategy used alone. Blended conditions often included additional learning time and instructional elements not received by students in control conditions, according to the study. The study indicated that instruction conducted wholly online was more effective in improving student achievement than was face-to-face instruction for adults in medical, career, and military training, and postsecondary education.
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