ERIC Number: ED302678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The State Role in Adult Literacy Policy. Background Paper Prepared for Project on Adult Literacy.
Brizius, Jack A.
Although the federal government, the private sector, and local literacy providers all have important roles in national literacy policy, the goals, shape, and content of the system for enhancing adult literacy in the United States will be developed and implemented by the states. A national commitment to adult literacy will thus mean different policies in different states. There are several reasons why the states have been deemed the appropriate level of government to manage the tasks involved in building a new literacy infrastructure. They have traditionally been responsible for managing educational enterprises, they now manage most federal programs that can be used to expand the resources available for various target groups of adults, they have the flexibility to develop a mix of programs for their unique target groups of adults requiring literacy enhancement, and they have developed substantial expertise in working with the employer community for economic development and job training. The recent history of state involvement in adult literacy policy indicates that although many states have indeed come a long way in developing an effective literacy policy, many others have far to go. (This report explores many of the questions related to state establishment and management of adult literacy programs.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Educational Policy, Federal State Relationship, Literacy Education, Policy Formation, Program Administration, Program Development, State Action, Statewide Planning
The Project on Adult Literacy, Suite 415, 440 First Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southport Inst. for Policy Analysis, Inc., CT.
Note: For related documents, see CE 051 679-686.