Thursday Notes -- March 18, 2010
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OVAE Releases Estimated FY 2010 State Allocations

OVAE announced this week the estimated FY 2010 adult education state grants based on new data from the American Community Survey. New data sets provide more up-to-date and accurate estimates of the qualifying adults counted in each state to determine grant amounts. These FY 2010 allotments include one-time funding adjustments for any states and outlying areas underpaid due to an earlier administrative error. Allocation tables for the July 1, 2010, state grants with funding adjustments are posted on OVAE’s homepage.

States Use ARRA Funds to Battle Funding Gaps

States are using funds available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to maintain current programs squeezed between rising demand and declining tax revenues. ARRA dollars closed 31 percent of New York’s budget gap and 37 percent of Virginia’s. Other states, such as Georgia, Maryland, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia report similar outcomes. At least 48 states addressed or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for the 2010 fiscal year totaling $194 billion or 28 percent of state budgets. This includes $35 billion in shortfalls that have opened up in 41 states since they passed their 2010 budgets. July 1 marked the start of FY 2010 for most states. All these states took major steps to balance their budgets but are considering further action.

Maryland Launches Training Effort for Middle-Skill Jobs

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley launched an initiative this month to prepare the state’s workforce to meet a surge in jobs requiring certification beyond a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree. Skills2Compete – Maryland will focus state agencies, community colleges, local workforce investment boards and other stakeholders on preparing more Marylanders for this surge in middle-skill jobs. A recent study indicated that by 2016, the state will gain 434,000 such jobs, including police officers, computer specialists and nurses. Only 37 percent of the state's workforce has credentials needed to fill those jobs. A target of the workforce training efforts will be 730,000 adult residents lacking a high school diploma and fluency in English. Maryland joins several other states that have established Skills2Compete initiatives.

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