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Library of Congress Summary
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Adult Education Amendments of 1984 - Amends the Adult Education Act ("the Act") to revise the statement of purpose to emphasize literacy as a prerequisite to effective citizenship and productive employment. Authorizes appropriations to carry out the Act for FY 1985 through 1989. Limits to five percent of the amount of a State's grant allotment of such appropriations for any fiscal year the amount which is to be made available to pay the cost of administration and development of the State plan and other activities required under the Act. Revises the formula for determining grant allotments to specified U.S. territories and possessions. Requires that the sum of any State's allotments under revised allotment provisions shall not be less than the total amount of payments made to the State under allotments determined under the Act for FY 1984. Provides for ratable reductions in other State allotments in order to obtain the amounts necessary to comply with the FY 1984 minimum allotment for all States. Requires that five percent of appropriations for this Act be set aside for national programs. Sets forth provisions for State programs. Authorizes the Secretary of Education to make basic grants to States, from the sums in the State allotments, to assist in funding adult basic education programs, services, and activities carried out by eligible recipients to achieve the purposes of the Act. Requires that applications by eligible recipients contain: (1) a description of cooperative arrangements that have been made to deliver services to adult students; and (2) assurances that such adult education programs are coordinated with and not duplicative of services, programs, or activities made available to adults under other specified Federal laws. Sets a 20 percent limit on the amount of a State's allotment which may be used for high school equivalency certificate programs. Allows States, in addition to the basic grants, to designate up to ten percent of their State allotment for use to promote private sector adult training initiatives. Requires that at least 95 percent of the funds provided by the State agency to eligible recipients be expended for provision of adult education instructional activities. Sets forth provisions relating to State administrative responsibilities for programs under the Act. Revises membership requirements for State advisory councils on adult education. Requires that a majority of the members of such a State council be representatives of private sector employment. Requires that other members: (1) represent public agencies and institutions and State economic development agencies, the State job training coordinating council, the State vocational education board, and secondary and postsecondary educational agencies and institutions in the State; or (2) be individuals with special knowledge and qualifications with respect to the special educational needs of special populations (including the incarcerated, the disadvantaged, the handicapped, individuals with limited English proficiency, minorities, and the chronic unemployed) or with respect to guidance and counseling. Revises provisions relating to council functions to include biennial evaluations of adult education programs. Revises other provisions relating to council procedures. Revises provisions relating to State planning and applications. Requires State plans to cover periods of two fiscal years. Requires review of State plans by the State board or agency for vocational education, the State job training coordinating council, and the State advisory council on adult education. Revises required contents of State plans. Sets forth required assurances to be provided in State applications. Sets forth procedures relating to State plan amendments. Sets forth requirements for program evaluation by State agencies. Sets forth provisions relating to Federal administrative responsibilities. Revises provisions for withholding of program funds from States by the Secretary and for judicial review of such withholding. Permits any eligible recipient which is dissatisfied with a final action of the State administrative agency with respect to approval of its local plan to file for judicial review of such action. Deletes provisions relating to special projects for the elderly. Sets forth provisions for national programs. Extends the existence of the National Advisory Council on Adult Education until October 1, 1989. Deletes provisions relating to grants for improvement of educational opportunities for adult Indians. Revises provisions relating to adult immigrants. Adds provisions relating to adult migrant farmworkers. Directs the Secretary to carry out a program of grants to States and local eligible recipients to support planning, developing, and evaluating programs which are designed to provide adult education programs, services, and activities to meet the special needs of migrant farmworkers and immigrants. Sets forth provisions for State program analysis and policy studies. Directs the Secretary to assist States in evaluating the status and progress of adult education in achieving the purposes of the Act. Requires that such assistance include: (1) an analysis of State plans and of the findings in State evaluations, with suggestions for improvements in planning or program operation; and (2) an information network on specified types of information useful in the improvement of adult education. Directs the Secretary, in consultation with the Congress and within the first two years after enactment of this Act, to make a determination of the criteria for defining literacy and identify concretely those skills that comprise the basic educational skills needed for literate functioning. Directs the Secretary, once the definition of literacy has been determined, to determine an accurate estimate of the number of illiterate adults in the Nation, in consultation with the Congress and using the appropriate statistical sampling methodology. Directs the Secretary, subsequent to such determination, to report every four years to the President and the Congress on the status of literacy and adult education in the Nation. Directs the Secretary, every two years subsequent to the enactment of this Act, to report to the Congress on the results of program evaluations, conclusions drawn therefrom, and recommendations. Sets forth provisions for adult literacy volunteer training. Directs the Secretary to make grants to States and local eligible recipients to support planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to train adult volunteers, especially the elderly, who wish to participate as tutors in local adult education programs. Revises provisions relating to national research activities under the Act. Deletes provisions relating to an information clearinghouse. Retains a prohibition against grants under the Act for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or divinity schools or departments.
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