The National Skills Coalition (NSC) has recently updated their extremely thorough and helpful Workforce investment Act (WIA) page with the 2013 Senate HELP Committee’s recently-released draft bill.
Of particular interest for adult education and adult literacy people:
- The Title III Draft – Adult Education (as in 2011, the Senate bill would move Title II to Title III)
- The HELP Committee’s WIA 2013 Section-by-Section Analysis
If you don’t have the time or inclination to read through the entire bill, this summary provides a good short analysis of each major title.
NSC notes that while there are some differences between the 2011 and 2013 drafts, “the new staff draft has generally remained relatively similar to the 2011 draft.” That is consistent with what I’ve heard from others who have read through it (I have not read any of it other than Title III). NSC also reports that “it is our understanding that certain key issues—including potential consolidation language—are still being negotiated (and may or may not be included in a final draft of the committee bill).” That’s consistent with some off-the-record comments I’ve heard from people involved in WIA reauthorization going back to last year.
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