Tag Archives: HEA

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

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

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

Resignations of Speaker Bohener and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Perkins Loan Program Expires; Secretary Duncan Calls for Investments in Education

Legislative Activity Impact of Speaker Boehner’s Resignation on Education Legislation As we reported last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) recently announced that he will retire at the end of October. Speaker Boehner has indicated his interest in using his last month in office to move forward his priorities, including finalizing a budget … Continue Reading

House Members introduce Bipartisan Education Measures; ED Seeks Feedback on Recognizing Innovative Programs

Legislative Activity Higher Education Act Reauthorization Last Thursday, several Members of Congress joined together in a bipartisan manner to introduce legislation that aims to improve the country’s higher education system by simplifying the financial aid process, improving consumer information, providing financial aid counseling, and creating a more flexible Pell Grant program. The House Education and … Continue Reading

ESEA passes the Senate, with HEA next on the agenda for both education committees

Legislative Activity Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Last Thursday, the Senate passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) – by an 81-17 vote. The bill will now move to conference with the House’s ESEA bill – the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) … Continue Reading