News, Views, and Clues
February 6, 2002
LEVEL FUNDED PROGRAMS
In the Administrations proposed budget for 2003, adult education state
grants are level funded at $575 million with $70 million set aside for English
language/Civics. NIFL is level
funded at $6.6 million (actually a $57,000 increase), and National Leadership
monies for OVAE are level funded at $9.5 million.
21st Century Community Learning Centers is also level funded
at $1 billion. The narrative does
not use the language in the law about adult education, i.e., “literacy and
related educational development.” The
narrative only mentions “related services to their families.”
PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN CUT
There are programs that have been cut that have implications for adult
education. State Grants for
Incarcerated Youth Offenders - funded in the current year at $17 million - is
zero funded. The same is true for
Literacy Programs for Prisoners – funded this year at $5 million.
The rationale for these both of these cuts, which appears in the
narrative accompanying the figures, reads, “The
request does not include separate funding for this program because the Adult
Education State Grants program provides a set-aside of up to 8.25 percent for
education of prisoners and other institutionalized needs of incarcerated
individuals. Correctional education
agencies may apply directly to their States for grants to meet the literacy
needs of incarcerated individuals.”
Two other programs that have provided resources to adult education
are also on the chopping block. The
first is Star Schools, cut from $54 million in 2001 to $27 million in 2002 and
zero funded in the proposed budget for 2003.
The second is Community Technology Centers.
It has gone from $65 million in 2001 to $32.5 million in 2002 and is also
projected for zero funding in 2003.
The Education Budget proposals can be found at www.ed.gov/offices/OUS/Budget03/Summary/index.html
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For the US Senate
Reduction in Adult
Education State Funds due to economic downturn.
____ No, we have not had a reduction in Adult Education
2001-2002 State Funds.
____ Yes, we had a reduction in Adult Education 2001-2002
If Yes, enter the answers to these three questions in the
you have had a reduction in state funds, by what percentage were your state
is the dollar amount of that reduction?
reduction has reduced your total funds available (federal and state) by what
Reduction in 2001-2002 Adult Education State Funds:
(%) reduction in state funds
($) amount of that reduction
reduction represents what percentage (%) reduction of your total adult
education budget (federal and state)
If YES, where have you cut?
___ funds to local programs
___ state administration
___ support services
___ professional development
___ Other (specify)