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The Years 2004 and 2005 in Review

Volume 7: Chapter One
Noreen Lopez

In Chapter One, Noreen Lopez reviews the major events in the field of adult learning and literacy in years 2004 and 2005. She begins by pointing out significant developments in the policy arena. Lopez describes the budgeting and appropriations process and then details the 2005 and 2006 budgets proposed by the Bush administration and the advocacy efforts that maintained funding in spite of proposed cuts. She also covers the advocacy efforts to shape the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and the legislation that governs welfare programs.

Lopez then summarizes the latest Department of Education report to Congress on adult education and family literacy and the personnel and program changes at the National Institute for Literacy, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Coalition for literacy. She also describes the major research reports published during these two years by the Council for the Advancement Adult Literacy, the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, and the U.S. Department of Education. Lopez concludes by noting that the successful advocacy effort that addressed the many threats made the field stronger.

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