Thursday Notes -- March 25, 2010
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Under Secretary Kanter Testifies on President's FY 2011 Budget Request

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the president's FY 2011 Budget Request for jobs, training and education March 25. Under Secretary Martha Kanter and Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Alexa Posny testified for this Department. Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training, and Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary for veterans' employment and training services, testified for the Department of Labor. The hearing was an opportunity for administration officials to discuss with subcommittee members the president's 2011 budget priorities for adult education, rehabilitation and workforce programs.

OVAE Selects 5 “Great Cities” for Reading Project

OVAE and the National Institute for Literacy recently announced the selection of five cities to participate in the Adult Education Great Cities Summit. They are: New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The cities will meet in a series of five summits in 2010—11 to discuss the unique challenges of providing adult education in urban areas, with a focus on reading instruction. The benefits participating cities will receive include: enhanced teacher capacity for providing evidence-based instruction, access to evidence-based resources, and technical assistance in building capacity for coordination among key partners. The initiative also will provide the cities with opportunities to interact with federal policymakers and national experts in reading and urban education.

Literacy Proponent Harold McGraw, Jr. Dies at 92

Literacy proponent Harold W. McGraw, Jr., former chief executive officer and chairman emeritus of the McGraw-Hill Companies, died March 24 at age 92. He contributed to literacy organizations and, in 1983, established the widely acclaimed Business Council for Effective Literacy, an organization that rallied major American corporations in the fight against illiteracy. President George H.W. Bush presented McGraw with the 1990 Literacy Award, the nation’s highest literacy award, in recognition of his lifetime commitment to education.

Virginia's Elizabeth Hawa Will Retire May 1

Virginia’s State Director of the Office of Adult Education and Literacy Elizabeth Hawa will retire May 1. Prior to becoming state director in 2005, Hawa served as associate director. She has been with the agency since 1978, is most proud of her work in building a stronger accountability system between the state office and local adult education programs. This work includes developing the comprehen-sive Operational Guidance Manual for Virginia Adult Education and Literacy Programs and a new monitoring and evaluation system with program performance report cards.

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