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Public Policy Update: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 

Dear Workforce Stakeholder:

Thank you joining the call last week regarding the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Vice President's Job-Driven Training Report. We value the tremendous interest in the field and the opportunity to remain engaged with you as we implement the law and administrative actions outlined in the report. Listed below are the Department of Labor's and Education’s WIOA web and email resources. We hope that you visit the sites and email us with comments and suggestions. Also listed is the White House landing page for a link to the Job-Driven Training Report, videos, and related resources.

WIOA Resource Page www.doleta.gov/WIOA
Questions regarding WIOA implementation can be submitted to DOL staff atDOL.WIOA@dol.gov

The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) WIOA Resource Page http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-reauthorization.html
Questions regarding WIOA implementation can be submitted to OCTAE staff atAskAEFLA@ed.gov.

The Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration WIOA Resource Page http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-reauthorization.html

Job-Driven Training Report and Resources

Again, thank you for joining call. We look forward to working with you over the coming months.

Jeremy Bishop
Special Assistant to the Secretary 
Office of Public Engagement
US Department of Labor

PIAAC, Comparing Basic Skills and Competencies of Adults Around the World

imgThe Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a household study that has been developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-2012 with a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65. Similar samples of adults were surveyed in each of the 24 other participating countries. The goal of PIAAC is to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults around the world. The assessment focuses on cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. Specifically, PIAAC measures relationships between individuals' educational background, workplace experiences and skills, occupational attainment, use of information and communications technology, and cognitive skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. 

PIAAC builds on knowledge and experiences gained from previous international adult assessments - the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL). PIAAC enhances and expands on these previous assessments' frameworks and, at the same time, improves upon their design and methodologies.

Interested in more details? Learn more here.

Legislative Alerts

The House Adult Literacy Caucus is holding a briefing on Educating Immigrant Workers for a New Economy

The House Adult Literacy Caucus is holding a briefing on Educating Immigrant Workers for a New Economy: Immigrant Integration in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, scheduled for February 13 at 3 p.m. ET in Washington, DC. These briefings keep House Members informed of the latest issues in adult education. Invite your U.S. Representative to join the House Adult Literacy Caucus or to attend the briefing. Share this Dear Colleague Letter with your Representative's education staff. 

Save the Date! National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week is September 23-29, 2013.


Preserve Funding for Adult Education in WIA Reauthorization!

Dear COABE Contact Network,

On March 1st, Congress is set to allow dangerous and indiscriminate cuts to occur that would drastically reduce funding for adult education services provided through Title II of the Workforce Investment Act. These across-the-board cuts, known as "sequestration," put the health, education, and safety of all Americans at risk. This is because the potential cuts in government spending through sequestration are not well thought out by design - they were put into law precisely because lawmakers believed the threat of their implementation would be enough to get Congress to come to a more rational budget agreement. 

According to the National Education Association, allowing sequestration to occur would result in 127,900 adult education students being cut from existing services and would result in 450 job losses for adult educators.  See what this means for your state here.

Action Request:

Please mobilize your networks and ask your members to contact their Congressional Representative and both Senators AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Ask them to speak with the education staff that covers adult education in each office.

Ask them: "Please ask (Congressman/Senator) ________ to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to discretionary programs. We need to preserve funding for adult education."

Deadline: ASAP or no later than Thursday, February 28.

Email Jackie Taylor and Regina Suitt at advocacy@coabe.org when you have taken this action in your state. We are tracking the level of activity this alert is generating in our field and with federal legislators.

Sample Talking Points:

1. A 5.1% reduction for my adult education program means that ____ number of students will be affected in my state. (Find the number for your state here >>) Discuss other impacts that you foresee happening should your local program be cut.

2. Our nation stands to lose nearly $1.1 billion in tax revenue alone should adult education be cut through sequestration. But by taking a balanced approach to deficit reduction, local, state, and federal governments could raise more than $8,500 in taxes per student by helping them achieve a high school diploma or equivalent.

3. Even with current funding, adult education serves only a fraction-2 percent-of the eligible population and suffers from waiting lists in 49 states. In some states, applicants may have to wait over a year before accessing services. If sequestration is allowed to occur, waiting lists will grow and students will fall farther behind from realizing economic self-sufficiency and reaching their educational goals.

Legislative Updates

Budget and Appropriations Update

March 23, 2013
By Washington Partners, LLC

After adopting the Senate-passed Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget bill and a budget resolution for FY 2014, House Members raced out of the Capitol for a two-week recess. Their colleagues in the Senate remain in town, locked in a vote-a-rama to pass their first budget resolution in four years, but once that is completed, they too will run for the exits.

Reading the flurry of congratulatory press releases on the passage of the FY 2013 budget, you would think something significant had been accomplished. In reality, the budget is six months late; it cuts discretionary spending by $85 billion; and does so with an across the board reduction brought on by the enactment of sequestration because Congress and the White House were unable to agree on a more sensible alternative. Members saved their highest accolades for avoiding a government shutdown. Passing a budget each year is the one required task of the Congress, and it appears they can barely get that done anymore.

For education, the bill essentially funds all programs at a level of five percent below last year. For example, Title I funding is reduced by $727 million. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) tried to soften the blow on education by offering an amendment to pull the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education bill out of the continuing resolution and provide modest increases, but that effort failed for fear the House would reject the bill.