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ERIC Number: ED509763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-26
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Local Perspectives on WIA Reauthorization from a CAAL Roundtable of February 18, 2010. CAAL Policy Brief
Chisman, Forrest P.
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (NJ1)
On February 18, 2010, the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) convened a Roundtable meeting of 19 leaders of local institutions identified by their peers as providing exemplary "adult education for work" service within a particular community or local labor market. The institutions are located in 16 states representing all regions of the United States. For this Roundtable project, "adult education for work" is defined as: "the education and training that adults with low basic skills need to become prepared for postsecondary education or training, and for family-sustaining employment and career advancement." The February 18 Roundtable gave local leaders a forum in which to discuss--from their unique perspectives--changes that should be made in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) to provide greater support from the federal government for adult-education-for-work programs containing the components they had identified at the CAAL/NCEE meeting. A related goal was to identify the changes that should be made in WIA to take adult education for work "to scale"--i.e., to provide this service to a far larger percentage of adults who want and need it. The meeting was timed according to CAAL's best judgment about when Congress was likely to reauthorize WIA. National leadership organizations (including CAAL) have made a variety of proposals for WIA's future form. Due to the intricacies of WIA and the participants' natural focus on service delivery issues, the February 18 Roundtable produced few suggestions for "specific" legislative changes. But participants expressed strong and distinctive views about various aspects of WIA, the context within which reauthorization should be considered, and the form it should take. These views are summarized in this report. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Workforce Investment Act 1998