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Will your organization sign the letter attached? If so, please let us know no later than 1:00 PM (EST) on Monday, December 5, so that the document can be delivered to the Hill later in the day. Please indicate how you wish to be attributed. The letter is already being supported by the State Educational Technology Directors Association, Creative Commons, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and others. 

Background:

This year, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education launched an innovative grant program that funds the development and improvement of a new generation of free, community college education programs that prepare students and displaced workers for successful careers in emerging and expanding industries.  

However, this forward-looking program has recently come under attack. The draft budget released by the House Labor, HHS, Education Subcommittee in September includes language (see below) that would make it difficult for the Department of Labor to launch future innovative OER programs like the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant program (TAACCCT). This problematic language would not (as currently drafted) preclude the Department of Labor from using the remaining $1.5 billion in mandatory funding allocated for future TAACCCT program competitions, but would make it prohibitively challenging to launch similar programs and would set a bad precedent for subsequent fiscal years. During the next two weeks, Congress is expected to finalize the Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the Department of Labor, including making a decision about whether to accept or remove the adverse language proposed in the House draft. 

The language in question:

SEC. 124. None of the funds made available by this Act for the Department of Labor may be used to develop new courses, modules, learning materials, or projects in carrying out education or career job training grant programs unless the Secretary of Labor certifies, after a comprehensive market-based analysis, that such courses, modules, learning materials, or projects are not otherwise available for purchase or licensing in the marketplace or under development for students who require them to participate in such education or career job training grant programs.

Will you sign the letter attached to ask the House to remove the Section 124 language? With this language eliminated, the Department of Labor can most effectively support higher education's effort to assist displaced workers and to ensure that taxpayer funded educational tools materials benefit the widest possible array of students. 

If you have any questions, please let us know. 

Thank you,

Cable and Timothy from Creative Commons

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Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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Cable and Timothy,

 

Do you have this posted on the web so that I can reference it?

 

Thanks,

 

Robin

 

Robin Donaldson, Ph.D

Project Manager, The Orange Grove

Director, Open Access Textbooks Project

Florida Distance Learning Consortium

850-922-3107

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Hi Robin. 

The letter was attached to the email. 

Please let us know if we can add "Florida Distance Learning Consortium."

Thanks and good weekend!

Cable Green
Director of Global Learning
Creative Commons

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