CLASP http://www.clasp.org/highlights/rss CLASP Highlights Feed Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 AMPS en hourly 1 Ahead of the Curve: Health Care Career Pathway Programs Meet Their Goal a Year Early http://www.clasp.org/highlights/ahead-of-the-curve-health-care-career-pathway-programs-meet-their-goal-a-year-early Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/ahead-of-the-curve-health-care-career-pathway-programs-meet-their-goal-a-year-early New data on HPOG’s career pathways, which focus on health-related employment, reveal high rates of persistence, completion, and job attainment.

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CLASP Announces New Advocacy Initiative to Promote Benefit Access http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-announces-new-advocacy-initiative-to-promote-benefit-access Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:33:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-announces-new-advocacy-initiative-to-promote-benefit-access CLASP is excited to announce Advancing Strategies to Align Programs (ASAP), a new advocacy initiative to help state advocates working to increase enrollment in work support programs, particularly Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as food stamps), through program alignment and information sharing. Advocates in five states – Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania – will receive support from CLASP to advocate for improved delivery systems and integration of key work support programs, with a specific emphasis on Medicaid and SNAP. 

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Career Pathways: Using the State Eligible Training Provider List to Support Quality & Coordination http://www.clasp.org/highlights/career-pathways-using-the-state-eligible-training-provider-list-to-support-quality-coordination Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/career-pathways-using-the-state-eligible-training-provider-list-to-support-quality-coordination State plans should include robust quality standards for the range of programs on the ETPL, including career pathway programs.

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Career Pathways: Local Planning http://www.clasp.org/highlights/career-pathways-local-planning Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/career-pathways-local-planning The local plan will outline the strategic and operational functions local boards undertake with WIOA and required one-stop partners in the development and implementation of a career pathway program or programs that serve local employers and local residents.

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Career Pathways: State Plan & Policy http://www.clasp.org/highlights/career-pathways-state-plan-policy Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/career-pathways-state-plan-policy States should determine whether partners have built career pathway programs that meet the definition in WIOA and offer infrastructure and guidance on defining and tracking participants who are on a "state-recognized" career pathway.

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WIOA Performance Negotiations http://www.clasp.org/highlights/wioa-performance-negotiations Fri, 21 Aug 2015 10:53:27 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/wioa-performance-negotiations CLASP encourages states to include in their plans a discussion of the specific linkage between state targeting policies for participants with barriers to economic success and the proposed goals for each of the common measures.

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Illinois Addresses Benefits Cliff, Raises Gross Income Limit on SNAP http://www.clasp.org/highlights/illinois-addresses-benefits-cliff-raises-gross-income-limit-on-snap Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/illinois-addresses-benefits-cliff-raises-gross-income-limit-on-snap With SNAP, families may experience a benefits cliff when their total income exceeds the “gross income limit.” The state of Illinois has taken an important step toward addressing this issue, providing access to nutrition assistance to nearly 40,000 working families while bringing in an additional $60 million in federally funded benefits.

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WIOA Title II Adult Education & Family Literacy http://www.clasp.org/highlights/wioa-title-ii-adult-education-family-literacy Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/wioa-title-ii-adult-education-family-literacy CLASP recommends that WIOA State Plans address the complications of matching many adult education providers to one local workforce board area.

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Priority of Service for High-Need Adults http://www.clasp.org/highlights/priority-of-service-for-high-need-adults Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/priority-of-service-for-high-need-adults CLASP recommends that the WIOA State Plan include a description of how the Governor will ensure priority of service for Title I Adult career and training services.

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Engaging HEA as a Tool to Address the Needs of Non-Traditional Students: CLASP Recommendations for HEA Reauthorization http://www.clasp.org/highlights/engaging-hea-as-a-tool-to-address-the-needs-of-non-traditional-students-clasp-recommendations-for-hea-reauthorization Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/engaging-hea-as-a-tool-to-address-the-needs-of-non-traditional-students-clasp-recommendations-for-hea-reauthorization CLASP has updated its policy priorities for reforming the HEA.

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Reform the HEA to Address the Unmet Needs of Low-Income and Non-Traditional Students http://www.clasp.org/highlights/reform-the-hea-to-address-the-unmet-needs-of-low-income-and-non-traditional-students Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/reform-the-hea-to-address-the-unmet-needs-of-low-income-and-non-traditional-students CLASP has updated its policy priorities for reforming the HEA.

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Tying Together Place and Race: New Data on Youth Disconnection http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tying-together-place-and-race-new-data-on-youth-disconnection Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/tying-together-place-and-race-new-data-on-youth-disconnection A new study from Measure of America, “Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities,” confirms that youth disconnection is a nationwide problem requiring federal, state, and local action.

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WIOA State Plans: Proposed Requirements and Opportunities for Action http://www.clasp.org/highlights/wioa-state-plans-proposed-requirements-and-opportunities-for-action Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:06:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/wioa-state-plans-proposed-requirements-and-opportunities-for-action Last week, the U.S. Departments of Education (DOE) and Labor (DOL) took an important step toward implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Together with three other federal agencies, DOE and DOL released a formal Information Collection Request that seeks input from states and local areas and lays out their responsibilities under proposed WIOA requirements. 

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Amidst Reauthorization Discussion, Latest TANF Financial Data Released http://www.clasp.org/highlights/amidst-reauthorization-discussion-latest-tanf-financial-data-released Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/amidst-reauthorization-discussion-latest-tanf-financial-data-released The Office of Family Assistance in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) financial data for fiscal year 2014.

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On the Road with FMLA for 22 Years http://www.clasp.org/highlights/on-the-road-with-fmla-for-22-years Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/on-the-road-with-fmla-for-22-years 22 years ago the FMLA began to reach actual workers who could take unpaid family and medical leave without fear of losing jobs. FMLA needs to be modernized since 40 percent of workers are excluded, and a new program of paid leave should be established.

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The JOBS Act: Expanding Pell Grants for Students in Workforce & Job Training Programs http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-jobs-act-expanding-pell-grants-for-students-in-workforce-job-training-programs Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:19:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/the-jobs-act-expanding-pell-grants-for-students-in-workforce-job-training-programs CLASP CCDBG Reauthorization and Implementation Resources http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-ccdbg-reauthorization-and-implementation-resources Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-ccdbg-reauthorization-and-implementation-resources Out of Sync: How Unemployment Insurance Rules Fail Workers with Volatile Job Schedules http://www.clasp.org/highlights/out-of-sync-how-unemployment-insurance-rules-fail-workers-with-volatile-job-schedules Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:43:23 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/out-of-sync-how-unemployment-insurance-rules-fail-workers-with-volatile-job-schedules The UI system has not caught up with the realities of today’s labor market and often fails workers with volatile schedules when they are most in need. With the changes advocated here, we can bring UI programs more into sync with the realities of workers experiencing volatile scheduling. 

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Missed Opportunity: Young children and disadvantaged youth deserve more attention in ESEA Reauthorization http://www.clasp.org/highlights/missed-opportunity-young-children-disadvantaged-youth-esea Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/missed-opportunity-young-children-disadvantaged-youth-esea Senate Bill Would Strengthen Important Child Nutrition Program http://www.clasp.org/highlights/senate-bill-would-strengthen-important-child-nutrition-program Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/senate-bill-would-strengthen-important-child-nutrition-program Alabama and Texas Lift Bans on Public Assistance for Individuals Previously Convicted of Drug-Related Crimes http://www.clasp.org/highlights/alabama-and-texas-lift-bans-on-public-assistance-for-individuals-previously-convicted-of-drug-related-crimes Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:50:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/alabama-and-texas-lift-bans-on-public-assistance-for-individuals-previously-convicted-of-drug-related-crimes Alabama and Texas joined the list of state that have modified or repealed bans denying individuals previously convicted of drug-related felonies access to both cash assistance under TANF and nutrition assistance under SNAP.

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CLASP Comments on U.S. House Discussion Draft on TANF Reauthorization http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-comments-on-u-s-house-discussion-draft-on-tanf-reauthorization Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:07:57 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/clasp-comments-on-u-s-house-discussion-draft-on-tanf-reauthorization Comments on Proposed TANF Outcome Measures http://www.clasp.org/highlights/comments-on-proposed-tanf-outcome-measures Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:48:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/comments-on-proposed-tanf-outcome-measures CLASP provides comments on the the role of performance measures within Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), proposed in the discussion draft of a U.S. House TANF reauthorization bill.

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Schedules that Work Act Reintroduced in House and Senate http://www.clasp.org/highlights/schedules-that-work-act-reintroduced-in-house-and-senate Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:11:00 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/schedules-that-work-act-reintroduced-in-house-and-senate The Schedules That Work Act was reintroduced in the House and Senate on Wednesday, July 15. If passed, the bill will ensure stability and fairer practices for low-wage employees. 

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Comments on Discussion Draft of TANF Reauthorization Bill http://www.clasp.org/highlights/comments-on-discussion-draft-of-tanf-reauthorization-bill Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:34:33 -0500 http://www.clasp.org/highlights/comments-on-discussion-draft-of-tanf-reauthorization-bill Elizabeth Lower-Basch submitted comments to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources on the discussion draft of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization bill.

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