|FY '03 Appropriations Down to Wire
||It appears unlikely that the Senate will pass its Labor-HHS-Appropriations bill before it adjourns August 5. The House committee has not reported a bill. Congress reconvenes September 3. Stay tuned.
|MO's Formulas Net Performance, Innovation
||After MO's competition selects funded providers, its core funding formula delivers the bulk of adult education funding--last year $9.5M--based on instructional time. Funds go to grantees on an audited contact-hour basis and are intended to support "core" instructional and operational activities. On top of that, MO's performance funding formula delivered $1M last year based on the number of individuals who advanced in local adult education programs. Measures of learner progress include GED attainment and literacy level advancement. To avoid "creaming," more funds go for progress made by low-level learners. Next year the amount available for core funding will be reduced to $9M and performance funding expanded to $1.6M. State Director Steve Coffman and the statewide committee of local providers even designed adult education formulas to enhance local data management, marketing and instructional technology.
|AZ Sets "Venture Capital" Approach
||Arizona thinks of adult education grants as "venture capital," says State Director Karen Liersch. The state agency makes strategic five-year awards competitively and rates proposals against the criteria in section 231 (e) of AEFLA as required. Actual grant amounts are negotiated with local providers based on their cost of doing business determined by their own five-year plans. Local plans are designed to move each program to "extraordinary education" -- learner-centered delivery incorporating research-based best practices. Each provider's business plan includes goals, objectives, strategies, resources, an implementation timeline, and budgets for each of the five years of the contract period. Contracts are renegotiated annually based on performance and the factors above. Instructional quality has improved dramatically in the past three years, state officials say. The number of funded providers has dropped from 67 to 36, with all "markets" continuing to be served.
|New Englanders Lack Basic Skills Study Says
||About 41% of all adults in New England lack the skills they need to succeed in today's knowledge-based society, says a new report sponsored by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. New England's adult basic education system has remained substantially unchanged, according to the report and is overdue for a tune-up that links adult education to workforce preparation. Findings and recommendations fall into four categories: mission and performance standards; pathways to advancement; special populations; and funding and capacity. Rising to the Literacy Challenge: Building Adult Education Systems in New England, was released by Jobs for the Future last month.
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