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Dayton signs adult ed bill

Published (3/9/2012)
By Erin Schmidtke
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Learners who have completed adult basic education programs will be monitored for reliance on certain state aid.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed this into law March 8. Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Red Wing) and Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) sponsor the bill.

Pursuant to federal changes, the law will require organizations providing adult basic education to track student outcomes so the state can analyze program effectiveness. These education programs help adults become literate and obtain skills needed for employment. They also work with students so they may earn their high school diplomas or equivalency certificates.

The new law expands standing state and federal requirements, which mandate that adult basic education programs must measure student and graduate employment, literacy skills and secondary and postsecondary education completion. The new law adds an additional category: learners’ participation in the diversionary work program, Minnesota Family Investment Program and food support education and training program. These programs help low-income individuals, especially families, find employment.

The law is effective March 9, 2012, and is in effect through the 2020-2021 school year.

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