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State Attorneys General May 1 Update

Squire Patton Boggs’ State Attorneys General Practice Group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in state AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing clients before these increasingly assertive and powerful, yet often overlooked, government agencies, as explained in detail here. In these … Continue Reading

FY 2016 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Progress; ESEA Outlook; HEA Hearings

Legislative Activity Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Progresses Last Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies released its draft FY 2016 spending bill in advance of the Subcommittee’s markup the following day on June 17. This is the first time the House Labor-HHS-Education bill has been made public in three … Continue Reading

Next Stop for ESEA Reauthorization: Senate Floor

Legislative Activity ESEA Reauthorization Passes Out of Committee After three days of marking up its ESEA reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed the measure last Thursday afternoon. While nearly 60 amendments were considered, many of the most controversial amendments were withdrawn – … Continue Reading

Senators to Hold Campus Sexual Assault Hearing; White House Holds Higher Education and Early Learning Summits; Department Releases Teacher Preparation Proposed Rule

Legislative Activity Campus Sexual Assault Legislation to Remain a Priority Next Congress This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on campus sexual assault to explore the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement in handling these types of cases.  Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are scheduled to testify at … Continue Reading

Student Privacy Protections; President’s Expected Under Secretary of Education Nominee

Legislative Activity Student Privacy Protections Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter Tuesday, October 22 to Education Secretary Arne Duncan requesting more information about student privacy protections. The letter acknowledged the potential for the collection, analysis, and storage of K-12 students’ academic records, but expressed concerns about putting such sensitive information in private hands. The … Continue Reading

Student Loan Compromise Bill Passes

Legislative Activity Student Loan Interest Rates Last week, the Senate passed its student loan interest rate compromise bill by an 81-18 vote. As previously noted, this proposal would peg interest rates to the 10-year Treasury note, plus 2.05 percent for both the subsidized and unsubsidized portions of the undergraduate loans, plus 3.6 percent for graduate … Continue Reading

DOE Prepares Rules for Gainful Employment Programs Under Title IV

Legislative Activity Gainful Employment Nominations for individuals to serve on the Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed rules for gainful employment programs under Title IV are due July 12. The department may establish additional negotiated rulemaking committees to consider action on issues, including: (1) Cash management of funds provided under Title IV … Continue Reading