Thursday Notes -- April 1, 2010
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Health Care Package Includes Funds For College

Congress passed and the president signed into law on March 30, 2010, the health care reconciliation bill that also incorporates the Student Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA). The package invests $36 billion over 10 years to increase the maximum annual Pell Grant to $5,550 in 2010 and to $5,975 by 2017. Starting in 2013, the Pell Grant amount will be adjusted to match rising costs of living by indexing it to the Consumer Price Index. The legislation provides $750 million over five years to bolster college access and completion support for students through the existing College Access Challenge Grant Program, which supports matching challenge grants for low-income students. The law also provides $2 billion for the Community College and Career Training Grant Program, a new Trade Adjustment Assistance program that was originally authorized last year in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The reconciliation bill provides $500 million per year over fiscal years 2011—14 for this program to fund training and education at community colleges for dislocated workers and those who are in danger of being dislocated. Grants will go to institutions on a competitive basis. Funding for the training grants will flow through the Department of Labor.

Free Help With Math Instruction Can Add Up for States

OVAE invites states to participate in the Adult Numeracy Instruction Professional Development Program’s field test of a professional development model to strengthen math instruction in adult education. Experts will work at no cost with practitioners from 10 programs in each selected state. Two instructors and one administrator per program will learn and practice new instructional strategies, provide feedback to strengthen the model, and create plans to integrate the approach into larger state adult education initiatives. OVAE will e-mail applications to all states today, and these are due May 3, 2010. States not previously involved in a similar initiative will receive selection priority.

Help Achieve a Robust Response To the 2010 Census

Data from the American Community Survey, an ongoing sampling of the population, are used to allocate states’ funding under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. By contrast, the 2010 census data will directly affect how more than $400 billion annually is allocated to local, state and tribal governments over the next decade. For this federal funding to be allocated fairly and accurately, the decennial census has to count everybody, only once, and in the right place. For tips on how you can help promote a robust response to the census in your state, download the "Take 10" toolkit with templates and suggestions for implementing the “Take 10” challenge locally. Check out your community's 2000 mail-back participation rate.

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