ICCTA Action Alert
June 15, 2000
Gov. Ryan Signs Adult Education Bill
Governor George Ryan today signed into law
House Bill 4266, which transfers the administration of adult education and literacy
programs from the Illinois State Board of Education to the Illinois Community College Board
beginning in July 2001.
In signing the bill at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, Ryan said,
"Adult education and literacy is a top priority for the Illinois Community
College Board. With ICCB providing the administration, the State of Illinois
will be better positioned to meet the adult education and literacy needs of
individuals and employers."
ICCTA was represented at the bill-signing by president Mike Sullivan of Lake Land
College and executive director Dr. Gary Davis.
"Our board appreciates the Governor's support for this transition and
welcomes the profound responsibility entrusted to us by Governor Ryan and
the members of the General Assembly," said Edward Duffy, chair of the ICCB.
Dr. Joseph Cipfl, president and chief executive officer of the ICCB, praised the
work of the members of the Illinois House and Senate in backing the
transfer. "We certainly applaud the legislators' judgment that this is an
issue whose time had come," Cipfl said. "The enthusiasm and tireless effort
of our community college system and its leaders to get to this historic
moment also must be fully recognized," he added.
Illinois community colleges currently serve more than 70 percent of the Adult
Education and Literacy program students in the state. The transfer will
eliminate duplication of administration and reporting between the State
Board of Education and the Community College Board. This is an easy and
cost-effective way to improve and eventually expand the state's adult
education programs. The legislation addresses administration at the state
level and does not affect the administration of local programs or the method
of distributing funds.
"There are more people in Illinois in need of the programs that adult
education and literacy provide than can be currently served," remarked
Cipfl. He noted the demand is especially great in programs for new
immigrants who need courses in English as a Second Language. "The ICCB is
committed to expanding adult education and literacy programs to meet the
growing need for a skilled workforce and a high quality of life for Illinois
individuals and families," Cipfl added.
The ICCB and the State Board of Education have formed several teams that are
orchestrating a smooth transition of administration by July 1, 2001. Staff
from the ICCB and ISBE have worked together to identify seven key functional
areas and to select teams to work cooperatively to transfer processes and
knowledge in each area. Leaders were designated from both agencies to
facilitate team efforts. The seven teams and team leaders are:
Transition Coordination - Sarah Hawker (ICCB)
Communication - Sarah Hawker (ICCB)
MIS and Data Systems - Don Wilske (ICCB)
Regulatory and Federal Requirements - Gail Lieberman (ISBE)
Program Components - Sue Petrilli (ICCB) and Dan Miller (ISBE)
Personnel - Sarah Hawker (ICCB) and Diana Robinson (ISBE)
Earlier this year, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the
Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Community College Board
all voted to approve the transfer. House Bill 4266 passed the Senate on a
53-2 vote, while the Illinois House of Representatives passed the measure
last month by an 83-31-1 margin.
Sponsors of the legislation include: Senators Dan Cronin (R-Elmhurst), Todd Sieben (R-Geneseo), Kathleen Parker
(R-Northbrook), Dick Klemm (R-Crystal Lake) and Robert Molaro (D-Chicago),
and Representatives Tom Ryder (R-Jerseyville), Judy Erwin (D-Chicago), Bill
Black (R-Danville), David Wirsing (R-Sycamore), and Larry Woolard
Information from ICCB's June 14, 2000 news release
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