ERIC Number: ED484752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Recommendations for Senate WIA Reauthorization Legislation: Title I Youth Provisions
Center for Law and Social Policy CLASP
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) restructured the delivery of youth services in the workforce system. It introduced several new features, including a focus on more comprehensive year-round services, the addition of youth development elements, mandatory youth councils, Youth Opportunity Grants to distressed areas, and a requirement for post-program follow-up. Last session, the Senate's WIA reauthorization bill, S. 1627, passed the Senate with unanimous support. S.1627 would have made several positive changes to the youth provisions of WIA, especially related to relaxing income eligibility for certain youth in high-risk categories--drop-outs, offenders, and youth in foster care. The bill was never conferenced with the House WIA bill in the last session of Congress; thus, WIA reauthorization was left unfinished. In January 2005, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced S. 9, which builds upon S. 1627. This document examines the following other changes that the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recommends that would enhance the delivery of services, especially to youth in high-risk categories: (1) Target the Funds to Where the Need is the Greatest; (2) Retain Service to Both In-School and Out-of-School Youth. Greater Service to Out-of-School Youth should not be at the Expense of In-School Youth; (3) Keep Youth Councils Mandatory; (4) Refine the Eligibility Requirements for Out-of-School Youth; (5) Incorporate Adjustment Factors into the Performance Measures; and (6) Allow Youth to Access Core Services from the One-Stop.
Descriptors: Youth Opportunities, High Risk Students, Job Training, Youth Programs, Federal Legislation, Delivery Systems, Eligibility, Federal Aid, Adjustment (to Environment), Public Policy, At Risk Persons
Center for Law and Social Policy, 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-906-8000; Web site: http://www.clasp.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.