Thanks, Michelle! Late-breaking news as of this morning -- NTIA has
announced that the 5th listening session (the one scheduled for Feb 23) is
the one that will focus on the Digital Equity Act.
On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 3:19 PM <
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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 20:00:20 +0000
From: Michele Diecuch MDiecuch@proliteracy.org
Subject: [NCL Members] policy updates
To: National Coalition for Literacy Members List
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Good afternoon everyone. Below are a few updates on congressional action
and other important reminders related to adult education.
WIOA state plan guidance:
All states are required to update their WIOA unified or combined plans by
June 30, 2022. Please read this blog<
https://worlded.org/wioa-state-plan-update-guidance/> by Judy Mortrude at
World Education with information and links for joint guidance from
department of education and labor.
A continuing resolution was passed in December which extends government
funding through February 18. Both the House bill (passed last summer) and
the Senate draft bill (released last fall) included small increases for
adult education. The primary stumbling blocks for passing a FY22 bill have
been disagreement on defense/non-defense spending and policy changes that
could jeopardize support - mostly abortion-related issues.
Speculation is that an agreement will be reached to provide more defense
spending than either the House or Senate bills did, which will mean an
offsetting cut to non-defense funding. While education funding may be cut
overall, we need to advocate to ensure AEFLA is not cut any further. It's
possible a FY22 appropriations may be passed in February as an omnibus bill.
BBB budget resolution:
As a reminder, this bill only needs 50 votes to pass the Senate. The
House-passed bill included $700 million for Title II/AEFLA. In December,
Senate committees released their proposals that were lower than the House
proposed, but education funding tracked close to the House bill. Because
the Senate does not have the needed 50 votes to pass the bill, it's
probable the overall bill will be significantly smaller than both the
original and revised House proposed bills, but it may be passed sometime in
February. Please continue to advocate with your constituents for the $700
million towards adult education.
Digital Equity Act:
National Skills Coalition is presenting a webinar tomorrow, January 11, on
the Digital Equity Act. Registration link<
Digital Equity Act listening sessions:
A reminder to everyone to participate in one of the NTIA public virtual
listening sessions about the five new broadband grant programs authorized
and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The listening
sessions are designed to collect stakeholder input to help inform program
development and implementation.
The remaining dates for sessions are:
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET;
Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET;
Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET;
Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 2:30-4 p.m. ET.
NTIA will post the registration information<
https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/events/latest-events> on its
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