Marshall Adult Education


March 30, 2007


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  **Time Sheets for March 16 - 31 are due April 2nd. 
1.    The Marshall Class Schedule for April has been posted.
2.     Adult Basic Education (ABE) funding for English Language Learner's: 
The House recommends $3.5 million in new funding over the biennium, in addition to a 3% annual funding increase already in statute. The Senate does not recommend any new funding.
Note: The legislature will be on break beginning on Tuesday, April 3rd until Monday, April 9th reconvening on April 10. 
I would ask that you consider asking both staff and students to write letters or E-mail your legislative representatives.  If students would write letters it might be good to start this project now.   I would anticipate that letters will very much be needed when the legislature reconvenes on April 10th.
ABE funding is only found in the House bill.  It was not in either the Senate bill or a Governor's recommendation.  The Conference Committee will be "ironing out the differences" between the House and Senate bills when they reconvene.
Letters and E-mails supporting an increase in ABE funding will be extremely important at this time!
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for all you do!
Pat Thomas
3.    SW Spring Regional - is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2007 at Jackpot Junction Convention Center in Morton, MN.  The featured Speaker is Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman.  Read more about the workshop at this link.
NOTE - Pat is requesting that as many of you as possible attend this meeting.  We will NOT be holding classes at any sites on this day.  Also, please do your own registration and request reimbursement following attendance at the meeting.
4.    Looking ahead to April:
April 6 - Good Friday - The office will be open.  Classes will be at the instructor's discretion.  Please advise the office whether or not you will have class.
April 9 - Easter Monday - The office will be open.  Classes will be at the instructor's discretion.  Please advise the office whether or not you will have class.
April 27 - Spring Regional - The office will be closed; There will be NO classes.  Instructors are requested to attend Spring Regional.
5.     March Student Attendance/Intakes & Assessment information is due on April 2nd. (you may want to bring these to the staff meeting also)
Be sure to try to get those level changes before the end of April!  Thanks again for all your work in this area.
6.    GED Graduation is set for May 15th in Granite Falls.  Plan to attend. 
7.    Summer Plans - It's that time of the year again.  Please let us know if there will be any changes to your classes due to summer vacations.  Please turn in your plans by May 1st.
8.     Instructional Materials - We have a limited amount of funds to be used for instructional materials.  "Wish Lists" for these materials should be turned in to Barb by May 1st.


9.    The WorkForce3 One Newsletter for March is available. "This month, we are featuring solutions developed by High-Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) Grantees. These and other solutions for addressing the workforce development needs of the 14 high-growth industries that are targeted by the HGJTI are available on the Workforce3 One web space for you to implement and adapt for your region."

10.    Health care bill benefits all Minnesotans. Cover All Kids, health care reform take center stage. State Representative Aaron Peterson (DFL-Appleton) said that the House Health Care bill released on Wednesday signifies a
monumental step forward for Minnesota. The bill will not only provides health care for every child in the state by 2011, it also proposes significant reform that will bring down health care costs for everyone in the state.

11.     From Barry Shaffer:  Attached below is an editorial that was printed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today.  The article praises the work being done statewide in Adult Basic Education and supports the need for increased state resources.  The legislation that the article refers to is the Literacy Minnesota sponsored bill, House File 979 and Senate File 923.  The text of those bills can be accessed at the House or Senate website at:

Electronic link to the Tribune editorial:

You can also read the editorial on our website.


12.  The Spring Regional is April 27.  There is a flyer with more information at the link below.

Please note that there will be a session provided on Transitioning Students into Higher Education.  We are encouraging each program to have at least one individual from their program attend this as this will be the focus by the State department for some federal money next year.  Also here is the information on this session.  Please note they want to limit this session to 8 persons and you must preregister to be in this session.


13.  The 2007 Statewide Summer Institute is seeking presentations.  I would encourage staff to consider presentations they might want to give at the Summer Institute this August 8-10.   Please note CEU's will be provided for preparations and presentations.  Pat

There is a form available on the website at this link.


14.  Literacy Minnesota and the Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) are hosting their second annual summer conference focused on ABE issues.  The  ABE Statewide Summer Institute will held on the gorgeous St. John's University Campus in Collegeville August 8, 9, 10.


15.  The research brief forwarded by Bella is Integrating Reading and Writing into Adult ESL Instruction by Dan, Rabideau, Literacy Assistance Center



16.   The Weekly Workforce Update from the National Governor's Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices is available for review here:

17.    Vital Aging Conference:
  Donít miss this opportunity to attend this Vital Aging Conference on May 8th at SMSU in Marshall. Cost is $10.00 and registration is limited.  Charlie Boone, a WCCO personality is the Key-note speaker with excellent work shops on seniors and the community.  A conference flier can be downloaded at the link below.


18.    Financial empowerment is having the knowledge and skills to make informed judgments and effective decisions about money management. 

19.    The Minnesota State House unveils significant property tax relief bill - Members of the House DFL Property Tax Relief Committee unveiled their plan on Monday to provide significant and permanent tax relief to Minnesota homeowners, as well as increase the fairness of our state's tax system.


Here is information on workshops being held in April:

  • Budgeting to Create Savings

  • Debt Reduction and Asset Building

  • Building a Good Credit Rating

  • Consumer Protection

  • Working with Financial Institutions

Where:  Western Community Action

(2nd Floor of Wells Fargo Bank)


When:  April 3, 10 & 17, 2007 (Tuesday evenings)

6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.     

(Need to attend all three nights to complete class)


All consumers are welcomed. 

Please call Western Community Action to register

at 507-537-1416 or 1-800-658-2448.



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