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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...

Seeking Loan Forgiveness for Borrowers with Disabilities

DC Shuttle ... Senators Ask for Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Borrowers. Senators Angus King (I-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Coons (D-DL) led a group of senators including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in writing a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and Acting Commissioner of Social Security Nancy Berryhill, urging them to immediately d...

Flattening the U.S. Department of Education

DC Shuttle ... Administration Planning Education Department Reorganization. The Trump administration is proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. Education Department's organizational structure, according to reports. The plan would eliminate or consolidate more than a half-dozen offices at the agency. The restructuring would affect nearly every major unit of the department, including K-12 education,...

Funded Government Back Till March 23; No Fix for DACA Yet

DC Shuttle ... Bipartisan Budget Act Adds Ed Funding. Following a short government shutdown overnight, both chambers voted to approve spending for the federal government. The bipartisan budget bill funds the government through March 23 and raises spending caps. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes $4 billion for "student-centered programs that aid college completion and affordability," acco...

Trump Says “The Word ‘Vocational’ Is A Much Better Word Than in Many Cases A Community College”

DC Shuttle ... Trump Talks About Community Colleges and Vocational Training. The Washington Postreports that President Trump had only one sentence relating to education in his State of the Union, and it was about vocational schools. Speaking at a GOP retreat after the address, he said, "We can open more vocational schools because we want every American to reach their full God-given potential." He...

HEA, Perkins Reauthorizations Moving Ahead; Recent DeVos Guidance on Sexual Assault Under Fire

DC Shuttle ... HEA Hearings in Senate. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The hearing focused on access and innovation in the higher education space. The committee heard testimony from Barbara Brittingham of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as other experts. HELP ...

When an Intern Should be Paid

DC Shuttle ... Labor Dept Issues New Internship Guidance. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced changes to the way it defines interns. DOL issued an updated fact sheet on internship programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The "primary beneficiary" Fact Sheet lists seven factors for determining whether an intern is an employee and thus should be paid. That guidance is consistent ...