ERIC Number: ED387601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
How To Prepare for Block Grants. Policy Update.
National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
This issue brief, which is intended for individuals involved in planning and delivering adult literacy programs, examines several major characteristics of recent House and Senate bills regarding block grants, describes the new requirements of block grants and their potential effects on adult education and literacy services, and suggests actions that literacy practitioners can take to ensure that block grants maximize opportunities for adults seeking to improve their basic skills. First, the current popularity of block grants in Congress is explained. Discussed next are the changes in governance that will occur as a result of the increased use of block grants as a vehicle for funding adult/literacy education and steps literacy practitioners can take to prepare for the changes in governance. Possible negative effects of block grants, including difficulties in sustaining funding over time, are examined along with steps that literacy practitioners can take to prevent funding reductions. The increased importance of accountability under the block grant system of funding education is emphasized, as is the importance of literacy practitioners working at the state and local levels to ensure that their state develops benchmarks that are appropriate, effective, accurate, and easily obtainable by local service providers. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.