To make possible appropriate, economical and accessible learning opportunities for all adults.
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled:
Establishment of a Bureau of Adult Education
(a) There is created in the executive branch of the Government, in the Office of Education, a Bureau of Adult Education (hereinafter called the "Bureau").
(b) The Bureau shall be headed by a Director who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a Deputy Director to perform such duties as the Director may designate, and during the absence or incapacity of the Director, to act as Director.
Purpose of the Bureau
The Bureau shall collect and disseminate information about each of the existing federal adult education programs, provide comprehensive planning for such programs and services in cooperation with federal agencies involved in adult education, and promote adult learning processes and improvement of methods and materials in the field.
Powers and Duties of the Director
(a) The Director shall implement the purposes of the Bureau.
(b) The Director shall employ such experts, consultants and staff personnel as he considers necessary to effectuate the intent of this Act including specialists in the following areas: data processing and information retrieval, planning and coordination, systems development and research, and reports and liasion.
(c) The Director shall utilize, with their consent, the services, personnel and facilities of other Federal, State and private agencies and instrumentalities with or without reimbursement therefore. He shall make every effort to develop coordination of planning programs and resources among the several Federal agencies involved in adult education and with existing coordinating and planning groups concerned with specific areas in the field.
(d) The Director shall transmit to the Congress each year a report for the preceding year, including acomprehensive statement of activities and accomplishments, and an evaluation of the status of adult education, together with his recommendations. He shall also serve as an advisor to Congress on the relation to and possible effect of proposed legislation on existing adult education programs.
(e) The Director shall serve as Executive Secretary of the Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council
(a) There shall be created an Advisory Council on Adult Education, to serve in an advisory capacity to the Bureau, composed of 15 members broadly representative of the field of adult education, to be appointed by the President. One of the members shall be designated as Chairman.
(b) The Council shall consider as its main responsibility the recommendation of effective allocation of Federal resources as between public and private facilities and recommendations for the coordination of federal, state, local and regional activities to meet the education needs of adults. It shall use its collective knowledge and experience to expand consideration of ways of evaluating effectiveness, of disseminating information, of expanding alternatives, and of developing improved systems of providing opportunities and relationships among programs.
(c) The Council shall meet at least quarterly to review activities and recommendations of the Bureau, and to react thereto, as well as to consider matters developed as a result of the deliberations and pursuant to subsection (b).
(d) The Director shall issue monthly summaries of activities, problems and recommendations to be considered by each Council member who, in turn, shall be responsible for involving his constituency concerning problems and possibilities.
National Center for Adult Education
There is created a National Center for Adult Education to be located in Washington, D.C., which shall develop information and referral services for adult educators throughout the nation. The Center shall develop pilot projects and utilize applied research and techniques in solving problems in the field of adult education. It shall promote in-service education of adult educators through internships and special programs, as well as the exchange of ideas and information to improve adult education throughout the nation and in establishing working relationships with other nations.
Director of the National Center for Adult Education
(a) A Director of the National Center for Adult Education shall be appointed for a period of three years by a two-thirds vote of the Advisory Council.
(b) The Director is charged with developing a program to demonstrate creative and effective education for adults.
(c) The Director shall employ such experts, consultants and staff personnel as are necessary to effectuate the intent of this Act regarding the Center, with specialists in applied research, information-referral resources, professional inservice education, program and systems development, communications, and such other specialists and staff as are required to implement the program.
There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, so much as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act.
From the Legislative Reference Service. The Library of Congress. Washington, D. C. September, 1970 - William E. Davis, Legislative Attorney, American Law Division.