ERIC Number: ED480685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
State Financing Declines for Job Training: Need for Federal Funding Increases.
Mills, Jack; Biswas, Radha Roy
When interviewed in spring 2003, officials in 16 states with a demonstrated commitment to job training provided data on 30 state-financed programs in their states. An analysis of the data yielded the following findings: (1) when recent, long-term, and projected declines are considered, funding is declining for 22 of the 30 programs studied; (2) in the most recent budget cycle, budgets were reduced for 18 of 30 programs; (3) future state budget reductions were predicted by 13 of the 15 programs that provided Jobs for the Future with projections of their future state financing for job training; (4) of the 18 longstanding programs studied, 11 had lost some or all state funding as of the most recent budget cycle; and (5) future reductions were deemed highly likely by 9 of the 10 longstanding programs that provided projections. It was suggested that pending reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) could respond directly to declines in state and federal training resources by increasing the amount of federal funding for job training. Alternatively, reauthorization of WIA could provide matching funds to states that maintain or increase investment in customized job training programs, thereby encouraging state funding of such programs. (A detailed table summarizing funding for job training in the 16 states studied is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Adult Education, Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Educational Supply, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Interviews, Job Training, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Secondary Education, State Programs, Trend Analysis
For full text (requires registration): http://www.jff.org/jff/PDFDocuments/statefinances.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998