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House Passes SAFRA
The House approved the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA), which contains options of interest to adult educators, on Sept. 17, 2009. Secretary Duncan joined Congressional leaders and college students at a press conference on Capitol Hill Sept. 15 to urge support for the legislation.
DAEL Scores High In FY 2009 Customer Satisfaction
The Department's (ED) FY 2009 Grantee Satisfaction Survey showed that state directors of adult education and literacy rate satisfaction with services and products of the Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL), with a rating that is among the highest of ED's programs. Scores in key areas of ED staff/coordination and ED-funded technical assistance (TA) registered in the 80s and documents at 78. State directors rated the quality of TA lower when it came to technology. They continued to rate the National Reporting System as easy to use and the training to support it as useful. National meetings sponsored by OVAE continued to receive high marks for the relevance, timeliness and usefulness of the information provided.
DOL Encourages States To Broaden UI-Approved Training Options
The Department of Labor is encouraging states to determine whether state rules governing unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for adults in training contribute to low rates of training participation, and to revise policies as needed. DOL's new notice identifies several policies states should review while keeping in mind that unemployment is an opportunity for workers to learn new skills they can use when the economy recovers. Suggested policy changes in the notice would help unemployed adults enter training while receiving UI benefits that may provide their only income. Section 4(c), which deals with remedial courses, specifically includes adult basic education, English language learning and GED study.
Carnegie Report Offers Ideas to Advance Literacy for Learners
A new report from Carnegie Corporation of New York Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Readiness offers recommendations on how to advance adolescent literacy and learning. It is the capstone report of Carnegie Council for Advancing Adolescent Literacy, chaired by Catherine Snow, professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The report is based on ideas from experts nationwide.
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