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September 24-30, 2017

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Social Media Coordinator for COABE Journal

The COABE Journal is looking for a Social Media Coordinator.  This is a volunteer, unpaid position. The Social Media Coordinator is responsible for developing and overseeing strategic social media and digital initiatives for the journal. You would  work directly with the editorial team to monitor the content of the information being disseminated, timeliness of online posts/activities, and congruency of the scholarly integrity for the journal. If interested please email: journal@coabe.org.

We're pairing research and
practice for our members!
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Topics include reading, work-based instruction, program management, ELA, citizenship, 
and much more!

This month's topic is
Learning Difficulties
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Professional Development Webinars (FREE)

When: June 7th at 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenter: Debbie Bergtholdt

Title: All About Accommodations

 This webinar will include a general overview of accommodated testing and the best way to assist students when they need help applying for accommodations. We will look at the types of accommodations that are available for high-stakes testing; the accommodation request process; and review complete and incomplete applications. ADA and other guidance will be discussed. There will be time for all of your questions.
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When: June 19th at 2:00 p.m. EST 
Presenter: Sarah Goldammer

Title:  Developing Self-Advocacy Skills for Special Learning Needs and ALL Students 

 Preparing our students to transition into the postsecondary or workforce requires that we understand the principle of self-advocacy and the importance of integrating self-advocacy instruction for adult education students. This webinar will provide an overview of the components of self-advocacy: know self, decision-making skills, knowledge of rights and responsibilities, knowledge of own needs, knowledge of laws, and effectively requesting reasonable accommodations.

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June 21-22, 2017
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June 20-23, 2017

July 31-August 2, 2017


The Citi Foundation, in partnership with America's Promise, is launching the Youth Workforce Fund, a competitive fund that seeks to make strategic investments in community-based organizations, connecting low-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities. The $4 million fund will award one-year grants of up to $250,000 to a cohort of grantees, across 15 markets in the United States. Selected grantees will also be provided with networking opportunities and access to Citi volunteers as part of the fund.

                     EDUCATION BUDGET
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adult education is critical .
The Washington Post reports  it has a copy of a "near-final" version of the President's request for the Department of Education (ED) budget for fiscal year 2018, with a total cut to education programs that basically matches what was in the President's "skinny budget" released in March (CEF's table shows the relatively few specified cuts and additions here ). The Post reports gross cuts of $10.6 billion to ED for next year, with a net cut of $9.2 billion below the 2017 level (note that CEF's table compared the 2018 request to the 2016 enacted level, showing a net cut of $9.3 billion).
The Post article includes some specifics that were not in the skinny budget, including two large cuts. The first cut eliminates the new student support and academic enrichment (Title IV-A) block grant created by the Every Student Succeeds Act to replace a host of categorical grants. It was authorized at $1.65 billion for fiscal year 2017, but funded at only $400 million in its first year. The second large cut is to Work Study (the skinny budget said it would be cut significantly), which is cut by $490 million (54%).

The Post article details the following cuts that are in addition to those described in the skinny budget: 

Elementary and secondary education
  • Student support and academic enrichment grants - eliminated ($400 million)
  • Career and technical education - cut $196 million
  • Arts in education - eliminated ($27 million)
  • Native Hawaiian education - eliminated ($33 million)
  • Alaska Native education - eliminated ($32 million)
  • Promise neighborhoods - cut $13 million
  • Javits gifted and talented students - eliminated ($12 million)
  • Special Olympics education programs - eliminated ($12 million)
Higher education
  • Work Study - cut $490 million
  • Perkins Loans - let the program end
  • Student loan forgiveness for public servants - eliminated
  • Subsidized student loans for needy undergraduates - "take the first step toward ending" this
  • International education and foreign language studies - eliminated ($72 million)
  • Child care access means parents in school - eliminated ($15 million)
  • Adult education - cut $96 million
  • Office of Civil Rights - cut $1.7 million 
The article also describes some of the changes in funding for Title I - making $1 billion "portable" to follow children to other public schools beyond their neighborhood, among others.  We will, of course, provide a detailed description and table once we actually see the budget.

COABE's Legislative Center is generously sponsored by  

Adult Educator Resource
A free resource for all adult educators.

Find lesson plans, videos, apps, conference presentations and Professional Development Resources.

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Government Relations Report
Eight months into the fiscal year, Congress completed work on the omnibus bill FY 2017 Appropriations Act. The bill passed in the House, on May 2, by a 309 to 118 vote and in the Senate, on May 3, by a vote of 79 to 18. After writing that the country "needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix [a] mess," the president signed the bill, on May 4. The bill froze funding for adult education at the FY 2016 level. Other Titles of WIOA were basically frozen, as well.

The Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship Program is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for more than 1,000 awards of up to $2,500 each.
Eligible candidates must:
  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED credential) by summer 2017
  • Be enrolled in an eligible career or technical degree/certificate granting program in fall 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, postsecondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrate financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen
Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient. The deadline for applying is June 15, 2017.

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