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Secretary Duncan Greets National Meeting Participants
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan received a standing ovation from nearly 150 state directors of adult education and state staff at OVAE's 2010 National Meeting for Adult Education State Directors Feb. 2 in Washington, D.C. He told them, “… as advocates for adult learners, you understand what is at stake in education reform. I know we share the same determination to make new levels of education and opportunity a reality for all Americans.” Also on the program was Under Secretary Martha Kanter. OVAE Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier welcomed Duncan and Kanter and conducted the final Community Conversation on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), gathering recommendations from state directors.
President Requests FY 2011 Partnership Innovation Fund
The President's FY 2011 Budget Request, containing $612.3 million in funding for adult basic and literacy education state grants and $41.3 million for national leadership activities, went to Capitol Hill Feb. 1. The request for state grants includes $75 million for the English literacy/civics education set-aside, equal to the 2010 level. The request for national leadership activities includes a $30 million increase to support a Workforce Innovation Fund. The fund, including 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 that encourage innovation and identify and validate effective strategies to improve service delivery and outcomes for beneficiaries of programs authorized by WIA. 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.
Kentucky Implements Common Core Standards
The Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Education Professional Standards Board met Feb. 10 to adopt a resolution implementing common core state standards in English/language arts and mathematics, making Kentucky the first state to adopt these standards. Higher, clearer and more in-depth academic standards are required by recent state law. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia have committed to developing a common core of state standards in English/language arts and mathematics for grades K–12. The state is exploring how to adopt these standards for adult education.
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