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Secretary DeVos Testifies on Education Budget; Department of Education Must Make Decisions on Higher Ed Regulations

Legislative Activity Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act Members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce introduced two bills that seek to promote fair union elections and restore important protections for workers and employers. The first is the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776), introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman … Continue Reading

Secretary DeVos to Testify on Education Budget; New Hires at Department of Education

Legislative Activity Secretary DeVos to Testify on Budget Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor-Health and Human Services and Education on June 6. She will face tough questions from Democrats on the proposed 13 percent budget cut and school choice measures proposed in President Trump’s budget. … Continue Reading

House Oversight Investigates FAFSA Tool Outage; Borrower Defense to Repayment Claims Slow under New Administration

Legislative Activity House Oversight Committee to Hold FAFSA Tool Hearing The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday, May 3 to examine the data breach that led the federal government to disable the IRS tool that assists students in applying for federal student aid. At least one Department of Education official is expected to testify, … Continue Reading

House Appropriators Examine Job Training Programs; President Proposes More Cuts to Department of Education

Legislative Activity Appropriators Consider Workforce Training Programs This Week The House Committee on Appropriations this week will hold a hearing on federal support for job training programs, a target facing steep cuts under President Trump’s proposed budget. In his “skinny” budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, President Trump proposes cutting the Department of Labor (DOL) budget … Continue Reading

Senate Schedules Acosta Confirmation Hearing; Department of Education Delays Gainful Employment Rule

Legislative Updates  Senate Committee Schedules Confirmation Hearing on Nominee for Labor Secretary The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) will hold a confirmation hearing on Alexander Acosta’s nomination to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor on Wednesday, March 22. The hearing was originally scheduled for this Wednesday, March 15 but Sen. … Continue Reading

New Student Debt Proposal; House Begins Work on Perkins Reauthorization; Appropriators Explore Education Funding in President’s Budget;

Legislative Activity New Student Debt Proposal Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Scott Peters (D-CA) are championing a proposal to offer tax incentives to employers who help students pay down their student loan debt. The Employer Participation in Student Loan Participation Act (H.R. 795) would allow companies to give employees up to $5,200 a year to … Continue Reading

House Works on Perkins Rewrite; President Trump Rescinds Title IX Protections for Transgender Students; New Members Appointed to NACIQI

Legislative Updates House Begins Work on Perkins Reauthorization  This week the House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing to examine reauthorization of the Perkins Act, the federal law overseeing career and technical education last reauthorized in 2006. Last Congress the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. … Continue Reading

House Starts Work on Higher Education Reform; Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Andy Puzder

Legislative Activity On Tuesday, February 7, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education” to examine the current policy issues in higher education. Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), as well as her Senate counterpart Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and … Continue Reading

DeVos Gets a Step Closer to Confirmation; Trump Looks to Restructure Department of Education

Legislative Activity Betsy DeVos Confirmation Moves Forward as Opposition and Controversy Build On Tuesday, January 31 the Senate HELP Committee voted 12-11 along party lines to move forward with Betsy DeVos’ confirmation to serve as Secretary of Education. Shortly after the Committee vote, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) made announcements they will vote … Continue Reading

Betsy DeVos Moves toward Confirmation despite Opposition; Department of Education Announces New Staff and Open Title IX Investigations

Legislative Activity Opposition to Betsy DeVos Builds  Joining other professional education associations, the National Association of Secondary School Principals announced in a letter to the Senate HELP Committee that it opposes the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Senate offices have reported tens of thousands of calls and letters encouraging a no vote … Continue Reading

Betsy DeVos Testifies at Confirmation Hearing; Chairwoman Foxx Announces New Committee Members

Legislative Activity Betsy DeVos Testifies at Confirmation Hearing On Tuesday, January 17 Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s designee for Secretary of Education, testified in a confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Mrs. DeVos has faced harsh criticism from Democrats in Congress and education groups off Capitol Hill, and … Continue Reading

Education in the 115th Congress; Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Betsy DeVos

Legislative Activity Education in the 115th Congress Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairs of the education committees, have both expressed interest in an overhaul of the Higher Education Act (HEA), last comprehensively reauthorized in 2008. Senator Alexander’s goal with the HEA overhaul is to make it easier for more students to … Continue Reading

DOL Overtime Rule Delayed; Betsy De Vos Chosen as Secretary of Education; Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to Chair House Education Committee

Legislative Activity Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Wins House Minority Leader In a 134-63 vote on November 30, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defeated challenger Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) to keep her position as the House Minority Leader. She has been the Democratic leader in the House since 2002, and this was her toughest challenge since former … Continue Reading

Education Committees Stay Constant; Department of Education Readies for Transition

Legislative Activity Minor Changes to Congressional Education Committees In the Senate, Republicans maintained their control and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will most likely remain chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is expected to remain on as Ranking Member after easily winning her re-election. The … Continue Reading

Perkins Re-Authorization Stalled; Legislation Introduced to Delay Overtime Rule; Department of Labor Sued by States on Overtime Rule

Legislative Activity Perkins Reauthorization Halted in the Senate After receiving overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, the Perkins Reauthorization which governs federal support for career and technical education, has been stopped in the Senate. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), originally scheduled a vote on the … Continue Reading

Perkins Reauthorization Moves Forward; Department of Education Updates “College Scorecard”

Legislative Activity  House Approves Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act  The House voted on September 13 in a 405-5 vote to approve H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. … Continue Reading

Perkins Act Reauthorization Expected Soon; Department of Education Makes Changes to FAFSA and Urges Community Colleges to Help with ITT Closure

Legislative Update Chairman John Kline Hopeful Perkins Act Reauthorization Will Move Soon Before leaving for a seven-week recess, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R.5587). Federal funding for career and technical education has enjoyed wide bipartisan support and chairmen of … Continue Reading

House Moves Forward Perkins CTE Reauthorization and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill; WIOA Final Rules Released

Legislative Activity House Committee on Education and the Workforce Approves Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act  The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 5587, theStrengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and … Continue Reading

House Tries to Block Overtime Rule; Department of Education Releases Proposed Rule on Student Loan Debt and Dear Colleague on Title IX; GAO Report on Student Loan Servicers

Legislative Update Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) Moves to Block Overtime Rule Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced J. Res 95 under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the controversial overtime rule finalized by the Department of Labor (DOL) in May. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress may pass a resolution of disapproval to prevent, with the … Continue Reading

Senate Moves on Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations; House Holds Hearing on Overtime Rule; White House Makes Push for Diversity

Legislative Activity Senate Committee on Appropriations Approves Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill Thursday, June 9, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations package, S. 3040, which funds the Department of Education at $67.8 billion, a $220 million decrease from the current year. A Committee summary of the bill can be found here. The bill re-establishes … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Final Rule for Overtime Exemption Released

Legislative Update DOL Overtime Rule In response to this week’s final Overtime Rule, lawmakers have introduced the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/ H.R. 4773), legislation that seeks to ensure DOL pursues a balanced and responsible approach to updating federal overtime rules. Both bills are currently pending in their committees of jurisdiction – … Continue Reading

Perkins CTE Update Gets Hearing; Federal Student Loan Interest Rates Lowered; Education Secretary Urges Colleges to Remove Barriers for Students with Criminal Background

Legislative Activity Perkins CTE Act Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) are working on a bill to rewrite the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Perkins Act, which hasn’t been updated since 2006, sets policy on career and technical education. Lawmakers, including House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John … Continue Reading

Career and Technology Education Updates; DOL Overtime Rule; Teacher Impact Grants; War on Transgender Students’ Rights

Legislative Activity Title IX Exemption Transparency This week, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced the Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Act, which would require the Department of Education to make publicly available a list of institutions that have applied for, or received exemptions from, the law.  It would also require institutions that have applied for exemptions to … Continue Reading

ESEA Conference Expected to Begin This Week; Administrative Action on Veterans’ Education

Legislative Activity Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) It appears that Congress has finally reached an agreement on an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill. We expect House leadership to officially announce conferees this week. The Senate will also need to appoint its conferees and will meet with the House conferees for at least … Continue Reading
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