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TESOL Comments on the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356)

by User Not Found | 08/16/2013
TESOL International Association recently sent a letter to a group of U.S. Senators to comment on the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356). Title II of the act funds adult education and English as a second language education for adults in the United States.

TESOL is pleased to see that the new legislation takes into account the burgeoning English learner population in the United States as well as changes suggested by advocates for adult education. But the bill could be stronger.

Among the changes TESOL proposes are 
  • Include the population of adult English language learners in the state grant formula for adult education
  • Emphasize all literacy levels in the title purpose
  • Improve the professional quality of the adult education workforce
For the full list of recommendations, please read the letter.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and cosponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Thomas "Tom" Harkin (D-IA), and Sen. John “Johnny” Isakson (R-GA). It is currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate.