Thursday Notes -- April 8, 2010
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President Signs Student Loan Provisions At Community College

President Obama chose Northern Virginia Community College, at which Dr. Jill Biden teaches, as the setting to sign the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The new law provides funds to make student loans more affordable. The president also announced Dr. Biden will lead a community-college summit being organized by the White House this fall.

ED Supports More Spending on Correctional Education

OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier announced March 30 that ED is asking Congress to remove a cap on states' spending of funds under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) for corrections education and education for other institutionalized persons. Addressing the Correctional Education Association in Annapolis, Md., Dann-Messier said that current law limits AEFLA expenditures for correctional education to no more than 10 percent of each state's AEFLA instructional allotment. ED's recommendation, if implemented, would ensure that states spend no less than 10 percent of their AEFLA instructional allotments for corrections education. Seven states currently are not using AEFLA funds for corrections education while just three are spending the full 10 percent for these programs. Average state spending for these populations is 6 percent of AEFLA instructional funds.

States Can Apply Now for Free Professional Development

OVAE has a new opportunity for up to 12 states to join a $1.9 million, three-year program of professional development and individualized technical assistance provided by the virtual Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) center. Each state selected for participation may nominate up to four teachers and one state-level coordinator to engage in online courses on evidence-based instructional approaches from fall 2010 through spring 2011. Courses culminate in a four-day in-person professional development institute in August 2011 followed by technical assistance during 2011-12. Applications are due May 14.

Jeff Gove Named Ohio's State ABLE Director

The Ohio Board of Regents recently named Jeff Gove as the new State Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) director. Gove has been acting in this capacity since September 2009, and he has worked in adult education at the state level for the past 18 years. Among Gove's accomplishments is serving as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title II one-stop liaison with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to coordinate and better integrate ABLE services in local one-stop systems.

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