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Thursday Notes for July 25, 2002

A Factsheet from the Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Senate Committee Backs EL/Civics Legislative language for FY 2003 again reserves $70M for EL/Civics activities. Funds would go to every state on the same formula as last year with a minimum grant of $60K. No date for Floor consideration was available at press time. To read the Senate committee version of the bill, see http://thomas.loc.gov/ and search for S2766.
CTC Receives 1400 Applications for 83 Grants Nearly 1400 applications make for heavy competition for the slated 83 Community Technology Centers (CTC) grants to be awarded this fall. The CTC program assists eligible applicants in creating or expanding community technology centers. CTCs provide disadvantaged residents of economically distressed urban and rural communities with access to information technology and training to use it. This year?s competition requires projects to provide adult education and family literacy activities through technology and the Internet. Recipients of the one-year grants of $75,000-$300,000 must share in the cost of funded activities. Over 100 panels involving more than 300 experts have been scheduled to review the proposals. Contact Charles Talbert.
Are Foreign-Born in Adult Ed Undercounted? We know English literacy (EL) and EL/Civics learners make up the largest share of adult education enrollment. Lately something more may be happening. MA State Director Bob Bickerton says that throughout the 1990s, English literacy students made up 40% of MA?s adult education learners, while 60% of students were native-born learners in adult basic education or adult secondary education. Today 60% of adult education enrollees in the state are English literacy students. Another 20% of adult education/adult secondary learners also are foreign-born and have a native language other than English. They have enough English not to need English literacy and enroll in broader adult education programs. Fully 80% of the state?s adult education efforts are serving foreign-born learners this year. Contact dcornellier@doe.mass.edu.
NAS: Education Key to Health Education plays what the Washington Post terms a ?surprisingly important? role in good health according to the National Academy of Sciences. A new study says that education is central to understanding why and how to take medication, critical to good health care.

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