The Adult Education Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) is the most significant federal investment in adult education and literacy. The AEFLA program is authorized as Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). It is administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U. S. Department of Education.
The Hawaii State Department of Education (Department) Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design is the AEFLA grant recipient for the State of Hawaii.
Hawaii receives approximately 2.3 million dollars annually to provide adult education services. The amount each state receives is based on a formula established by Congress.
The local eligible provider of adult education services is McKinley and Waipahu Community School for Adults.
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Purpose of AEFLA
Under AEFLA, the program of Basic Grants to States is the primary source of federal support for basic skills programs. The program's purpose is to provide educational opportunities below the postsecondary level for individuals 16 or older who:
- are not currently enrolled in school;
- lack a high school diploma; or
- lack the basic skills to function effectively in the workplace and their daily lives.
Instructional services are offered in four program areas:
- ABE – basic skills instruction below the high school level;
- ASE – high school level instruction;
- IELCE – integrated English literacy and civics education; and
- ELA – English language acquisition instruction.
Department of Public Safety Education Services
In accordance with WIOA Title II, Section 225(b), funds under this program are to be used for the cost of educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and for other institutionalized individuals, including academic programs for adult education and literacy activities; special education, as determined by the eligible agency; secondary school credit; integrated education and training (IET); career pathways; concurrent enrollment; peer tutoring; and transition to re-entry initiatives and other post-release services with the goal of reducing recidivism.