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Thursday Notes for January 24, 2002

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

Edited by Sarah Newcomb


Massachusetts Governor Calls for $5 Million More for Adult Education

Acting Massachusetts' Governor Jane Swift's priority list in her first "State of the State" address last week included spending five million dollars more on adult education programs to help people looking to improve job skills. The boost would bring state spending for adult basic skills to a total of $35 million in her budget request for adult basic education programs. Swift said:

"These tough times…highlight the importance of adult education and job training to the state's long-term economic success. The answer to this problem is to make adult education and worker training full partners in a larger system of lifelong learning… The budget I submit this month adds five million dollars for adult education. I'm also including new proposals for streamlining and strengthening existing programs."

Read what your Governor said about adult education in his or her "State of the State." Go the "Governor's Speeches" section of the NGA website.

Can Programs Handle New Citizenship Surge? A newly noted citizenship surge could cause concern for providers of English as a second language and English literacy/civics services. The Immigration and Naturalization Service says that numbers of foreign residents applying for citizenship are up 61 percent this year, according to the Washington Post. Applications for US citizenship that started to rise last summer in anticipation of higher fees spiraled after the September 11 tragedy. Causes the Post identifies for the trend include fear of potential problems due to government counter-terrorism activities as well as patriotism by immigrants seeking to express allegiance to their US homeland. To access the article, go to the Washington Post's website and do a search for "citizenship" on January 20, 2002.
11 States Slated For OVAE Reviews Eleven states' adult education and literacy programs are slated for reviews by Division of Adult Education and Literacy staff between March and October this year. They are: Area I - Maine, New Jersey, and New York; Area II - Alabama, Florida, and Kentucky; Area III - Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin; and Area IV - Montana and New Mexico [two reviews were carried out in Area IV in 2000]. Reviews begin with research into state plans, reports and other documents available in OVAE and include visits both to state offices and local program sites. Findings serve as the basis for technical assistance and program improvement activities. Contact Carroll Towey.


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