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Thursday Notes for March 21, 2002

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

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Assistant Secretary to Testify on Workforce Transition

Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico is slated to testify on "The High School and Transition into the Workforce" on April 25 at the House FY2003 appropriations hearings. In a groundbreaking step, also testifying with her will be the Assistant Secretaries representing the Offices of Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, and Postsecondary Education as well as Education Research and Improvement. Following her appearance, Dr. D'Amico's testimony will be posted on our website.

DOL Policy to Revise Performance Targets

States can revise agreed upon performance levels during the year in which they apply under certain conditions, according to a new policy set by the US Department of Labor. Under the new policy, a governor may request a revision in one or more agreed upon performance levels at any time before the end of the program year for which the revised levels would apply. Unanticipated circumstances that could support such a change include changes in economic conditions, participant characteristics, and service delivery design. The rigorous review process for requests is outlined in the DOL website. OVAE is working on a similar policy for current-year revisions.

Language Assistance Beneficial, Expensive

The Office of Management and Budget's new report on the cost-benefit of language assistance for limited English-speaking persons (LEPs) says that assistance does expand access to programs for these individuals, but it can be expensive. Language assistance can help make the distribution of government services to LEPs more effective, especially in public health and safety programs, the report states. It recommends an emphasis on assistance for Spanish-speakers, the majority of LEPs. Clear federal standards for providing services are key to cost control, the report indicates. The report is available online. Scroll down to "Report to Congress".

Do Adults Have to Get Old?

Recent research shows that degeneration once thought to be inevitable in "old age" may not be so inevitable after all. There's evidence that many of aging's negative consequences actually may be the result of poor choices we made earlier in life, not the result of disease. So there's hope to control them. One thing to do, according to a "Newsweek" recap of research-is learn! Education has been shown to protect against cognitive decline in people under 65 and may stave off mental decline even later.



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