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Thursday Notes for April 4, 2002

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

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Secretary Visits OVAE First

Secretary of Education Rod Paige paid a visit to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) on March 26. OVAE was the first office Secretary Paige called on as he began a series of visits in the Department. In his remarks, the Secretary stressed that "No Child Left Behind" really means "no American left behind." Paige said he expects vocational and adult education to receive more emphasis in the coming months.

Wyoming Governor Vetoes Adult Ed for Workforce Agency

Using his line-item veto power, Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer (R) vetoed the transfer of adult and vocational education programs to a newly designed Department of Workforce Services. The transfer was to begin April 1, 2002. His veto still allows the state legislature one more session in which to consider further changes. Other programs vetoed for transfer under House Enrolled Act 47 include administration of the TANF block grant, community services block grant, and seven other full-time positions. Contact Rachel Girt at (307) 777-7437.

Free Money Management Curriculum Available

Get your free Money Management and Home-buying Readiness Sourcebook for Teachers of ESOL and ABE. The sourcebook walks teachers and program coordinators through elements of implementing a housing/homeownership/money management class or unit. The Adult Literacy Resource Institute and Fannie Mae Foundation developed the curriculum. Literacy skills embedded in lessons like Navigating the Banking System include reading, listening, speaking, writing and math as well as content knowledge needed to buy a home. Contact 1-800-665-0012. At press time, the sourcebook was not available on the web.

More Dangerous than Smoking?

Health Literacy pros: what's more dangerous than smoking, high blood pressure or heart disease? It's lack of exercise, says a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine summarized in the Washington Post. The research shows poor physical fitness is a better predictor of death than many dreaded diseases. Couch potato subjects who started to exercise, however, dropped their death risk by a higher proportion than any other group. Doctors rarely recommend exercise, the study finds. Realizing its benefits could be an important part of an effective health literacy curriculum. See the article in the Washington Post's Health Section for March 26.

Shop Talk April 4

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