ERIC Number: ED303630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Vocational Education Act LEP Position Paper.
Limited English proficient (LEP) persons comprise a significant and growing portion of the population of the United States. Although these people with their language, culture, and strong work ethic represent a valuable human resource for this country's future productivity, LEP persons are grossly underrepresented in vocational and educational programs because of the lack of equal access and appropriate support service. As a result, too many LEP persons are unemployed, underemployed, or engaged in crime. If access and equality of educational opportunity are to be ensured for this population, then special services must be provided to address cultural and language differences. Since most vocational programs lack both the resources and the expertise to train this population successfully, federal and state agencies must assist local programs through targeted funding, technical assistance, and staff development. Past federal and state fiscal investment exemplified by the set-asides (Title IIA) and national programs of bilingual vocational training (Title IVE) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act have proven to be helpful in increasing the successful participation of the LEP population in vocational training. However, more funds are needed, and appropriate bilingual staff must be hired for these programs in order to help LEP persons succeed. (Tables of data about LEP populations and related articles are included in this report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Bilingual Education, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Federal Programs, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Policy Formation, Public Policy, State Programs, Vocational Education
Northwest Educational Cooperative, 1855 Mount Prospect Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Coalition for Vocational Education for Limited English Speakers.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984