Posts Categorized: DC Shuttle

Oh What a Relief It Is

DC Shuttle ... Stimulus Package Includes Some Relief for Higher Education. The $2 trillion financial stimulus package passed on Friday affords about $14 billion to colleges and universities as they navigate closing campuses and remote learning. The funds dedicated to higher education represent about 46% of the education stabilization measures in the package. Although higher than the original $6...

New England Council, like NEBHE, Calls on Congress to Provide Relief for Higher Ed amid COVID-19 Woes

DC Shuttle ... New England Council Calls on Senators to Provide COVID-19 Relief to Colleges. The New England Council sent a letter calling on Congress to provide relief to colleges and universities in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis that has forced them to close their campuses to students. In a letter sent to each New England senator, as well as Senate leadership, on March 20, the Co...

Ed Dept Eases Some Online Regs in Response to COVID-19

DC Shuttle ... U.S. Education Department Eases Regulations as Colleges Move to Online Learning. A new guidance document released by the Department of Education granted "broad approval" to schools as they transition to digital learning amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Per the document, the department will still allow schools to qualify for Federal Work Study and Pell Gran...

Senators Seek Action on Racial Disparities for Student Borrowers

DC Shuttle ... Senators Write to Education Department Over Racial Disparities in Student Borrowing. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote to the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) asking how the office plans to address racial disparities in federal student loans. The letter cites studies that have shown black students are 20% mo...

Lawmakers, AGs Stand Up to DeVos on Religion and Title IX

DC Shuttle ... Democratic Lawmakers and Attorneys General Demand Education Department Withdraw Religious Exemption Draft Rules. Sixteen Democratic senators wrote a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her proposed draft rules in relation to Title IX and religious institutions and groups. The proposed rules would expand eligibility for institutions claiming a religious exemption f...

Trump Budget Would Cut Billions More From Ed

DC Shuttle ... Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to Education Department. The Trump administration released its budget proposal for 2021, a $4.8 trillion request that significantly cuts non-defense spending, especially for safety-net programs and domestic discretionary spending. Funding for the U.S. Department of Education under the proposal would decrease by $5.6 billion, a 7.8% cut from 2020's en...

Another Week and More Zings for DeVos

DC Shuttle ... U.S. Education Secretary Threatened with Subpoena by House Oversight Committee. House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) threatened to subpoena U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, citing her activities on the campaign trail for President Trump and her office having "stonewalled and delayed" when the committee tried to confirm a date for her testimony. In the letter sent to ...

House Boosts Holocaust Education Amid Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

DC Shuttle ... House Passes Holocaust Education Bill. The U.S. House voted 393 to 5 to pass the Never Again Education Act, a bipartisan bill granting $10 million over five years to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. The bill (HR 943) provides the funds to the museum in order to expand resources and programming to teachers for education about the Holocaust and preventing future incidents of pre...

College Board Study Reaffirms ROI of Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... New Data Released on Returns of a College Degree. A report released this week showed new findings on the return-on-investment of a college degree. The report, released by the College Board, shows, amid other research indicating that students and their families are questioning the worth of a college education, that a bachelor's degree significantly increases median lifetime earnin...

Most New England States Among Modest Growers in Higher Ed Funding

DC Shuttle ... State Funding for Higher Education Increases 5% in 2020. The latest Grapevine report, released by the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, shows an increase in state appropriations for public higher education of 5% in fiscal 2020. While all but three states (New York, Hawaii, and Alaska)...