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House Passes Bill to End Sexual Harassment in Science – On Tuesday, July 23rd, the House passed the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act by voice vote. Introduced by House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), the bill takes recommendations offered in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report released last year. It also would require science institutions to report all incidents of sexual harassment. With the upcoming August recess, it is unknown if and when the Senate will take up the measure. Read more in the American Council of Education.
Dual Enrollment Bill Introduced – On Thursday, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) joined by Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Marica Fudge (D-OH) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the ‘Jump Start on College Act‘. The legislation is designed to increase students’ access to college, improve affordability, and lead to higher completion rates.” The Jumpstart on College Act would be the first significant investment from the federal government in dual enrollment and early college high school programs, allowing juniors and seniors in high school in Massachusetts and across the country to take courses and earn credits at nearby colleges and universities,” said Senator Markey in a statement. The program is particularly aimed at providing students from low income families the valuable opportunity to earn tuition-free college credits while still in high school. Read the full bill here.
Bill Introduced to Allow Students with Cannabis Convictions to Keep Financial Aid – On Friday, July 26th, a group of Democrats introduced the “Second Chance for Students Act”. The bill would allow students convicted of first-time marijuana possession without intent to distribute to still receive financial aid if they complete an approved rehabilitation program within six months. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Bill Foster (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D- WI) and co-sponsored by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). “For many students, financial aid can mean the difference between staying in school and dropping out,” said Representative Foster in a statement. “This legislation would ensure that students stay in school while they complete the required rehabilitation program. No student should have their future determined by one bad choice.” Some advocates believe the bill to be a step in the right direction but worry it may perpetuate a stigma in which all marijuana use is characterized as a substance abuse disorder requiring rehabilitation. Read more in The Boston Globe.
We publish the DC Shuttle each week featuring higher ed news from Washington collected by the New England Council, of which NEBHE is a member. This edition is drawn from the Higher Education Update in the Council’s Weekly Washington Report of Aug. 5, 2019. Note: With both the House and Senate on recess, the next edition of the Weekly Washington Report will be issued on Sept. 16, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.newenglandcouncil.com.