Thursday Notes -- August 13, 2009
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HR 3249 Proposes Increases in ELL Funding, Tax Breaks

Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act (HR 3249) was introduced in both the House and Senate (S. 1478) during the week of July 20 by Rep. Mike Honda (Calif.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) with several co-sponsors in both houses. The legislation is designed to help new Americans become part of the social and economic fabric of the U.S. through English language learning, civics instruction, and incentives for businesses to invest in the education of their non-English speaking employees. The bill would increase proposed funding for Department of Education programs serving all English language learners from $70 million to $200 million in FY 2010.

FY 2010 Appropriations Move Ahead on Capitol Hill

The House of Representatives on July 24 approved the FY 2010 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill by a vote of 264-153. The Senate marked up its Labor-HHS-Education bill in subcommittee on July 28 and in the full committee on July 30. The Senate has not scheduled its vote on the legislation.

OVAE Sets Dates for New State Directors Management Workshop

New state directors of adult education should plan on being in Washington October 20─22 for OVAE's New State Directors Management Workshop. The agenda includes sessions on management strategies that will help state directors create state plans, budget and expend funds within federal requirements, understand which costs can be supported with federal dollars, and learn more about data management and reporting requirements. New state directors will receive first preference for workshop registration, but this training also is open to state staff and experienced state directors who want to learn more about specific management areas. An online registration Web site will be available soon. Tracks State Recovery Managers and Web Sites

Wondering who's your state's point person on economic stimulus funds? has a useful map providing that information as well as links to each state's recovery Web site. See how your state's site fared in independent quality ratings also posted there.

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