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Bidders’ Conference. Montana Office of Public Instruction Adult Basic and Literacy Education April 23, 2012. Background. Federal Law: Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) Partnership:

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Bidders conference

Bidders’ Conference

Montana Office of Public Instruction

Adult Basic and Literacy Education

April 23, 2012


  • Federal Law:

    • Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA)

  • Partnership:

    • The law is intended to create partnerships between the Federal Government, States, and localities to provide adult education and literacy services


Paraphrased from Section 202 of AEFLA:

  • To provide adult education and literacy services for the purpose of

    • Assisting adults in becoming literate, and obtaining skilled needed for employment and self sufficiency

    • Assisting adults parents to obtain educational skills necessary to become full partners in their children’s educational development

    • Assisting adults in the completion of a secondary school education

Who we serve
Who We Serve

Paraphrased from Section 203 of AEFLA:

  • “Adult Education” means instruction below the postsecondary level for individuals who:

    • Are 16 years or older

    • Not currently enrolled in secondary school

  • And who fit into one or more of the following:

    • Lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills

    • Do not have a secondary school diploma or equivalent

    • Are unable to speak, read, or write the English language

What we do
What We Do

  • Provide education to our students in the setting of a quality instructional program

  • Provide instruction from the non-literacy level through the 12th grade level

  • Teach the following subjects (GED Prep; college/career ready) including:

    • Reading

    • Writing

    • Math

    • English language

    • Integrated Computer Skill

Who is eligible
Who Is Eligible

Paraphrased from Section 203 of AEFLA:

  • An eligible provider is defined as any one of the following:

    • A local educational agency

    • A community-based organization of demonstrated effectiveness

    • A volunteer literacy organization of demonstrated effectiveness

    • An institution of higher learning

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Who is eligible1
Who Is Eligible

  • (Continued from previous slide)

    • A public or private nonprofit agency

    • A library

    • A public housing authority

    • A nonprofit institution that is not described in any of the above that has the ability to provide literacy services to adults

    • A consortium of the entities listed above

      *For-Profit organizations are NOT eligible.

The grant
The Grant

  • Approximately $1,025,420 in Federal AEFLA funds for

  • Two-year grant period: 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014

  • All funds must be used in accordance with the AEFLA

  • All funds must be used to support ABE and/or ESL activities and programs.

  • Continuation of grant contingent on performance and continuation application


Programs receiving AEFLA funds are responsible for the following:

  • Contributing to State performance targets.

  • Adhering to State and National reporting requirements

  • Adhering to State approved Assessment Policy

  • Using the State mandated database

  • Dedicated data person for data management


  • Funds are to supplement, not supplant, other state or local public funds.

The application
The Application

  • Submission Deadline May 18, 2012

    • Applications checked in

  • Application Review, May

    • Review team consists of community partners receiving no financial gain or benefit from grant

    • Applications rated on point system

  • Notification of outcomes sent June 2012

If you are funded
If You are Funded:

  • Final negotiation process regarding

    • Budget

    • Compliance issues

  • Technical Assistance

    • State database use

    • Reporting requirements

    • State processes and initiatives


All questions and answers from the bidder’s conference will be posted the OPI website on the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Web site. under programs Career, Technical, and Adult Education