ERIC Number: ED318805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Out of the Shadows. The IRCA/SLIAG Opportunity. A Needs Assessment of Educational Services for Eligible Legalized Aliens in California under the State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants Program of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Commission Report 89-10.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.; California Tomorrow, Los Angeles.
This document comprises an assessment of the educational needs of newly legalized aliens in California that must be met using State Legalization Impact Assistance Grants (SLIAGs) provided under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. Close to 1.5 million of the 1.7 million eligible legalized aliens are adults with very limited educational backgrounds and limited English-speaking proficiency. The following levels of need are considered: (1) approximately 856,000 pre-1982 immigrants must enroll in a federally approved English and United States citizenship certification course by December 1990 to satisfy the requirements of IRCA; (2) approximately 1 million are eligible for educational services under California's State plan for serving the legalized alien population; and (3) 1.5 million are eligible for educational services provided under the SLIAG program. While SLIAG funding statewide appears adequate to meet the need, there is a critical mismatch of services with need at the local level. Recommendations for improvement include the following: (1) if the State Legislature is unable to ensure adequate course availability for pre-1982 immigrants in 1988/89, the State should petition Congress to extend the deadline for compliance with the IRCA; (2) the legislature should assume a strong leadership and oversight role in implementing the IRCA and should assess its long-term impact on adult education; (3) the State Department of Education should address the levels of educational services in currently underserved counties; and (4) funding disincentives should be reduced and funding formulas should be adjusted to adequately reflect costs and program needs. Statistical data on 20 graphs and tables are included. A description of the research methodology, a glossary, and a chronology of events are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizenship Education, Compliance (Legal), Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, English (Second Language), Federal Programs, Immigrants, Needs Assessment, State Surveys
California Postsecondary Education Commission, Library 1020 Twelfth Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814-3985.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.; California Tomorrow, Los Angeles.
Identifiers - Location: California