2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being By the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Project

Image of the cover of the 2017 Kids Count Data Book“The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book urges policymakers not to back away from targeted investments that help U.S. children become healthier, more likely to complete high school and better positioned to contribute to the nation’s economy as adults. The Data Book also shows the child poverty rate in 2015 continued to drop, landing at 21%. In addition, children experienced gains in reading proficiency and a significant increase in the number of kids with health insurance. However, the data indicate that unacceptable levels of children living in poverty and in high-poverty neighborhoods persist.”

To download the PDF document of the data book, click on this link to 2017 Kids Count Data Book: https://www.aecf.org/resources/2017-kids-count-data-book/

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Incarceration to Reentry: Education & Training Pathways in Ohio

CLASP (Policy Solutions That Work for Low-Income People) LogoThis brief (May 21, 2018), by Wayne Taliaferro and Duy Pham, explains how Ohio is aligning education and training opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated. This is the third entry in our series “Reconnecting Justice in the States,” which explores coordinated justice, education, and workforce policy and practice at the state level. It is part of CLASP’s continued commitment to leverage criminal justice reform to expand economic opportunity and help achieve racial equity.

About CLASP: The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for low-income people.

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Critiquing Adult Participation in Education (CAPE)

Logo of ValueUSA.orgThe project described in the 3 links below is in regard to recruitment and retention issues that involved focus groups and interviews with 125 adults in 5 states who are eligible to participate in adult education but do not participate, trying to understand the barriers (of all types), motivations, and tech use of these non-participants.

VALUEUSA is a national non-profit organization committed to adult learner involvement and leadership. In 2017 and 2018 the CAPE (Critiquing Adult Participation in Education) research team surveyed the motivations of and conducted group interviews with 135 adults. Adults identified and prioritized deterrents, root causes, and solutions with researchers. Three reports with findings from these data inform adult educators and stakeholders and provide recommendations for outreach and retention.

CAPE Report 1 Deterrents and Solutions

CAPE Report 2 Motivation around Adult Education

CAPE Report 3 Technology Use

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Adult Education Attainment and Assessment Scores: A Cross-National Comparison

Cover image of Stats in Brief, an NCES 2018 publication featuring Adult Education Attainment and Assessment Scores: A Cross-National Comparison.

This report on Adult Education Attainment and Assessment Scores: A Cross-National Comparison from the U.S. Department of Education (see link below) builds upon the

findings in the earlier National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report (Goodman et al. 2013) to provide
additional cross-national comparisons of adult literacy and numeracy proficiencies by education attainment. Specifically, the brief highlights differences between
several countries in the average literacy and numeracy scores for adults at different levels of education attainment. The brief further compares gaps in literacy and numeracy scores between adults of higher
and lower education attainment across participating countries.
The results from the earlier NCES reports indicated that adults in the United States performed lower than or not measurably different from the PIAAC international
average in literacy and in numeracy (Goodman et al. 2013, Rampey et al.)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STATS IN BRIEF, SEPTEMBER 2017, NCES 2018–007
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2018 Funding for WIOA programs

FY 2018 omnibus released, increases funding for key workforce, education programs [in the U.S.], March  22,  2018,  by Kermit Kaqleba, Katie Spiker, and Katie Brown, National Skills Coalition.

Congressional leaders last night released final text for an omnibus spending package (click on this link to appropriations.house.gov) that is expected to finalize Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations for most federal programs. The $1.3 trillion omnibus reflects the increased spending levels for both defense and non-defense programs agreed to as part of recent legislation lifting the budget “caps” for federal discretionary spending, and includes some critical boosts in funding for key education and workforce development programs…

Importantly, the omnibus rejects many of the proposed cuts to workforce and education programs that were included in President Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, and sends a clear signal about the bipartisan support for investments in skills as the economy grows.

  Click here to read the rest of the article.

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Virginia 2016 & 2017 Census Estimates

The links and images on this post pertain to the state of Virginia, U.S. Click on Virginia American Community Survey 2016 estimate for the 126 page pdf document for Virginia and all Virginia counties and major cities. Counties are listed in alphabetical order.

Image of Virginia demographics in the 2017 one-year estimates of population, median household income, persons in poverty, high school graduates, persons without insurance, median housing values, total housing units, number of companies, male median income, female median income, and veterans.

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Department of Labor: Watch and Learn Videos

NEW: The Department of Labor’s plain-language video series offers Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidance in language you don’t need a law degree to understand. While the videos target employers, they can inform adult students about labor standards in the workplace.

To view the FLSA videos click on FLSA Videos. This is the URL to the link: https://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/videos.htm

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