January 19, 2010
Vol. 1, No. 7

CDE's ABE Initiative: An Update

ABE Initiative

CDE’s ABE Initiative continues this spring with online meetings on technology, reading, math instruction and learning disabilities. Participants are sharing information in an online community which is open to any ABE professional in California. There are event announcements, links to useful sites, and discussion groups on reading, math, technology and more. Participating agencies spent two days at OTAN in October at workshops on a variety of ABE topics, and videos of some of these sessions and more information about the Initiative are available on OTAN.

Mid-Year Expenditure Report Available Now for WIA II Agencies

Agencies with Workforce Investment Act Title II funding are required to submit a mid-year expenditure report. The form is now available online, and is due January 31. For questions about the content of the report, agencies should contact their regional consultant at the California Department of Education. For technical issues or help signing in, use the support link at the bottom of the submission page, or at the bottom of the login page.

Free Online and Face-to-Face Workshops for Adult Educators

Workshops

OTAN is pleased to offer both online and face-to-face workshops for adult educators and staff throughout California! Funded through the California Department of Education, OTAN’s staff development classes, online workshops and course materials are provided at no cost to the school or individual. Find out more on OTAN.

Webcast on Transitions to Post-secondary Education

NIFL Logo

On January 20, 2010 @ 1:00 pm EST, The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) will host the webcast, Achieving Student Success: Transitions to Post-secondary Education. The webcast, designed for program administrators, will present the challenges that adult students encounter as they transition through their educational experience and on to post-secondary education, and share and discuss strategies for success.

More information is available on the OTAN Website.

California Selected for Transition Policy Grant

Policy to Performance

California is one of eight states selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education initiative, Policy to Performance: Transitioning Adults to Opportunities. Over the next 25 months, California will receive targeted technical assistance and customized coaching to examine, analyze and develop policy that is unique to the state's context and meets the needs of our state's adult low-skilled learner population. There will be a kick-off meeting for participating states on Feb. 1, 2010.

For more, visit OTAN News.

CA Budget Update: Gov. Unveils 2010-11 State Budget

CA Capitol

"Stating that the United States confronted the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression in the last year, he [Governor Schwarzenegger] indicated that while California is slowly growing out of the recession, the primary revenue drivers for the budget such as capital gains taxes, income on wages, sales tax, and corporate taxes are all down. As a result, the state faces a $19.9 billion two-year budget shortfall. $6.9 billion of this is for the current fiscal year and $13.3 billion is the 2010-11 projected shortfall."

Read the rest of Jeff Frost's analysis in OTAN's budget update area.

2010 Federal Budget Sent to President

U.S. Capitol at night

The Senate passed an end-of-the-year $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure by a vote of 57-35 last month. The House of Representatives had previously passed the FY10 federal budget for the Fiscal Year that started on Oct. 1, 2009. The budget process started in May when the President sent his budget proposal to Congress. The bill now goes back to the President for his signature.

Read more in Federal Budget Updates

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