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Thursday Notes for May 23, 2002

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

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Assistant Secretary Seeks Comments for Reauthorization

"My office is ... interested in ideas that we can use in the upcoming reauthorization process ... We have a place on the Department of Education's website for comments," confirmed Assistant Secretary Carol D'Amico in an interview with Techniques, a publication of the Association of Career and Technical Education. The website, she said, is "the best place to follow the progress of our teams and the best place for sharing ideas that will help us in Preparing America's Future." You can access the interview online.

Holt Departs, Horton Takes On Chief's Job

Chief of Staff David Holt is returning to Indiana for family reasons May 23, Assistant Secretary D'Amico announced this week. Holt is ending his weekly midwest commutes to return to his former position as director of education policy and congressional affairs for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. D'Amico also announced that Amy Horton who recently was hired as communications director will now replace Holt in the Chief's slot. Horton has substantial Congressional experience including serving as a Deputy Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources. Best wishes go to both!

Civics Education On Administration's Launch Pad

Listen up state and local English Literacy/Civics providers. John Bridgeland, who heads President Bush's national service initiative has a working group to promote civics education classes and standards in public schools, according to the Washington Post. The Post reports that a reference to the growing need for civics education was included in--but ultimately deleted from--President Bush's State of the Union Address because the idea still needed workable steps. Thoughts on the drawing board now may include offering state incentives for adopting civics education, expansion of "service learning," and drafting a civics curriculum that could be delivered online. We're hoping to use the dialogue to inform our work on EL/Civics. See

Migrant Family Literacy Funds Ready to Go

Approximately $7M is available for comprehensive family literacy projects for migratory families working in agriculture or related industries, the Department announced this week. Applications for the Migrant Education Even Start program are due by close of business on July 5. The estimated range of awards is $75,000-$300,000. Organizations meeting the definition of "novice" applicants found in the application receive a five-point competitive preference. Download application and forms from their website.


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