ERIC Number: ED428183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Family Literacy Legislation and Initiatives in Eleven States.
This report focuses on 11 states' efforts to develop state-funded family literacy initiatives either through legislation or other actions. An introduction defines family literacy. Part I includes in-depth case studies on seven states that have either passed or attempted to pass state family literacy legislation. For each state (Kentucky, Washington, Hawaii, Louisiana, South Carolina, Colorado, and Arizona), the report describes the background before enactment or attempted enactment of the legislation, the legislation itself, the funding history, the administrative structure of the program, and the current status of the legislated family literacy program. Each description concludes with a summary of key points. This information has been compiled by acquiring legislation from each of the seven states and conducting interviews with people connected with the history of family literacy in each state. Part II looks at state-funded family literacy initiatives that have not relied on state legislation, but have been spurred by a keen interest from the Governor or First Lady or a particular state agency. The four states in this section are Nevada, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. A conclusion proposes that creation of a promising statewide program hinges on three issues: impetus, initiator, and support; climate of the legislature; and content of the legislation. Appendixes contain a sample outline for state family literacy legislation and Kentucky's and Arizona's statutes. (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Family Literacy, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Program Administration, State Aid, State Legislation, State Programs, Statewide Planning
Publications, National Center for Family Literacy, 325 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202-4251; Web site: format: http://www.famlit.org ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.