Posts Categorized: DC Shuttle

Another Government Reinvention, Starting with Merger of Education and Labor Departments?

DC Shuttle ... President Proposes Government Reorganization. President Donald Trump proposed a full-scale government reorganization, titled "Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations." The plans call to "merge the Departments of Education and Labor into a single Cabinet agency, the Department of Education and the Workforce." Because many o...

Bill Would Bar States from Suspending Licenses Over Unpaid Student Loans

DC Shuttle ... Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Drivers Licenses in Student Loan Default. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bill, the Protecting JOBs Act, that would prevent states from suspending residents' driver's and professional licenses over unpaid federal student loans, the Boston Globe reports. Warren provided a summary of the legislation. App...

Collecting Data

DC Shuttle ... Support for Data Collection Bill Grows. The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities gave support to legislation it had previously opposed, potentially paving the way for a change in data collection and student records. A bipartisan group of senators and representatives has introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, (S. 2169) and (H.R. 4479), which...

DeVos on ICE

DC Shuttle ... DeVos Comments on Undocumented Students Highlights House Hearing. The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the U.S. Department of Education and heard testimony from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The Education Department had to clarify controversial remarks DeVos made about undocumented students. DeVos said that it is up to individual schools to decide...

Senate Would Edge Up Labor-HHS-Education Funding

DC Shuttle ... Senate Appropriations Chair Announces 2019 Education Spending. Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Roy Blunt (R-MO) announced that the allocation for Labor-HHS-Education for the 2019 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 will be $2 billion above the amount Congress provided in fiscal 2018. The fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill signed into law in March placed the dis...

States and Feds Battle Over Who Regulates Student Loan Servicers

DC Shuttle ... States Move Legislation on Student Loan Servicers. States have continued to move legislation regarding student loan servicing, despite the fact that the Trump administration says it should be handled by the federal government, and not state governments. The administration sought to put an end to states' regulation of the companies that collect federal student loans. U.S. Education ...

Apprenticeship Boosted in House

DC Shuttle ... House Committee Passes Apprenticeship Bill. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee unanimously approved the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (H.R. 5509), introduced by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and cosponsored by Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX). The bill directs the National Science Foundation to provide grants for innovative approaches t...

New England Colleges Named in U.S. Antitrust Investigation

DC Shuttle ... Universities Targeted by Department of Justice in Antitrust Probe on Early-Decision Policies. The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into antitrust violations related to early-decision college admissions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has sent letters to top U.S. universities notifying them of the investigation. The letter also a...

For Higher Ed, Good Things Come in Big Packages

DC Shuttle ... Omnibus Spending Package Boosts Ed Funding Where Trump Wanted Cuts. President Trump signed into law spending legislation that provides a significant funding increase for the U.S. Department of Education, including more money for educator development, afterschool programs and special education. The bill funds the Department of Education at $70.9 billion, which is $2.6 billion above ...

Marching for Safety

DC Shuttle ... Students March to Address School Shootings. Thousands of students and teachers joined a National School Walkout on March 14 in Washington, D.C. and across the nation, to call for stricter gun-control measures. The actions came on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Hundreds of students gathered at the White House, bearing sign...