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Try Finding a Job Without a G.E.D.
Published: June 24, 2012
The General Educational Development test, which provides the equivalent of a high school diploma, is being revised to conform with the rigorous new standards proposed by the National Governors Association, along with state school superintendents. New York State and New York City will have to do more to prepare people for an exam that could help them get a leg up in the job market.
Far too many of the 50,000 New Yorkers who take the G.E.D. each year do so without preparation. The state pays only for the test and a $20 subsidy per test taker to help run the nonprofit centers that offer the exam, and the pass rate is a low 59 percent. The rate for Iowa, where students take a diagnostic test and receive remedial help at little or no cost, is 98 percent.
The New York City Council has a pilot project that funnels unskilled job seekers into test preparation programs. The results have been good — a pass rate of 83 percent — but with only a thousand people enrolled, the programs will need to be greatly expanded. The Bloomberg administration, with a grant from the MetLife Foundation, is trying to develop a model for educating more adult learners more quickly. At the same time, however, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed zeroing out a program that, for the modest cost of $5.2 million, served an estimated 6,000 people who participated in adult education classes in 2010.
In addition to becoming more rigorous, the G.E.D. is moving from a paper-and-pencil format to an online system that state officials say will raise the state’s cost from about $58 per person for the current exam to $120 for the new test, which comes online in 2014.
The state is looking into the option of developing a less expensive exam in collaboration with other states.
These are the numbers that matter most: 2.3 million people in New York State without a high school diploma — 1.3 million in the city. The economy needs educated workers. Anyone willing to study for the G.E.D. deserves help.
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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 05/23/2012
Governors want Washington to do its job
By Fred Hiatt
There’s nothing like talking to a state governor or three to be reminded that political dysfunction in Washington isn’t just a depressing game: It really matters, to real people.
The governors are in town for the annual meeting of the National Governors Association, and three of them visited The Post on Wednesday. There were two Democrats (Christine Gregoire of Washington and Jack Markell of Delaware) and one Republican (Dave Heineman of Nebraska), but they were fairly united in their views of Washington, D.C., dynamics.
“Our worst day in Delaware is better than the best day in Washington,” Markell said, at most half-jokingly.
“They need to know each other on a more personal basis,” Heineman said of capital politicians. “I don’t know if it’s a picnic, or a summer retreat. But they need to find a way to get to know each other.”
Gregoire added that it’s often unclear, at NGA meetings, which governor belongs to which party. “You can’t tell, because we’re there to govern,” she said.
But it was when the conversation turned to the practical effects of Washington paralysis that the governors really warmed up.
Because Congress has failed to reauthorize the federal transportation bill, Gregoire said, several major projects, already underway, are at risk. She can’t very well stop them in mid-construction; but she can’t complete them without the promised federal share of dollars.
Because Congress stalled on climate change reform, so have the states. Both Delaware and Washington belong to regional climate change partnerships. “But when Congress did nothing, it took the wind out of the sails of the Western Climate Initiative,” Gregoire said. “We started seeing states saying, ‘Well, wait a minute, if we’re not moving as a country . . . ’ There’s a fear you’re going to put yourself at an economic disadvantage.”
Because Congress failed to pass immigration reform, she said, “I nearly lost my apple crop last year.” Americans don’t want the harvesting jobs, she explained, and ramped-up enforcement without an accompanying guest-worker program has deprived Washington farmers of the labor they need. Now, she continued, it’s her asparagus that’s at risk; soon it will be “my cherries.”
Delaware farmers are “scared to death about what’s going to happen to their farms,” Markell agreed. And legal immigrants and their descendants, Heineman chimed in, are getting tired of living under suspicion.
“It’s very disappointing,” the Nebraska Republican said. “This is one where we need a federal policy.” No matter what decision Congress makes, Heineman added, “You’re going to make half the country mad. But we’re paying you the big bucks. Make a decision.”
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