Thursday Notes -- July 23, 2009
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House Committee Boosts Adult Ed Funding for FY 2010

The House Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY 2010 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill last week, giving support to President Obama's request for $628 million for Adult Basic Literacy Education State Grants, $74 million over the FY 2009 level. The bill contains a one-time $45.6 million increase for those states that from fiscal years 2003 to 2008 did not receive their full allocations because of an administrative error by the Department. The remaining increase will be distributed to states based on the statutory state grant formula. The legislation sets aside $75 million within the state grant portion for English literacy and civics education, a $7 million increase as requested. The committee also adopted the president's recommendation to provide no further funding for the National Institute for Literacy. The committee approved a $10 million boost over FY 2009 levels for the Department of Labor's Career Pathways Innovation Fund, for a total of $135 million. These funds are slated for new competitive grants to community colleges and partnerships with local adult education providers to create career pathways that prepare workers for careers in high-demand and emerging industries.

Congressmen Kennedy, Hinojosa Introduce AEEG

Congressmen Patrick J. Kennedy (RI-01) and Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) introduced the House version of the Adult Education and Economic Growth (AEEG) Act of 2009 on July 16. The legislation aims to improve access to innovative and effective workforce and education programs to help meet the demands of a 21st-century workforce. Virginia Senator Jim Webb introduced the Senate version the same day.

Brief Outlines Strategies for Teaching English Pronunciation

The CAELA Network just released a new brief Teaching Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners that reviews features of English that can have an impact on teaching and learning English pronunciation. The brief looks at current research on how adults learn English pronunciation and describes ways for teachers to teach pronunciation more effectively. OVAE funded the brief.

Kentucky's Stagnolia Now Vice President

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education announced recently that Reecie Stagnolia is now vice president of Kentucky Adult Education.

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