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Supreme Court Maintains DACA Protections for Immigrants, Students. The U.S. Supreme Court decided, 5 to 4, that the Trump administration cannot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision will enable the more than 450,000 undocumented higher education students, as well as undocumented students and instructors at other levels, to remain in the U.S., barring another attempt by the administration to end the program. Read more in The Boston Globe and Education Dive.
Federal Courts Blocks Education Department’s Restrictions on Emergency Aid. A series of preliminary injunctions issued by federal courts in Washington and California prohibit the U.S. Education Department from limiting which students are eligible for emergency grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the guidance issued by the department, international, undocumented (including DACA) and other students not eligible for traditional aid were prohibited from receiving any aid from the CARES Act. The restrictions currently still apply to the rest of the country. Read more in Education Dive.
Democrats Call for Investigation into DeVos Over Loan Forgiveness Formula. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) called for an investigation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s alleged use of private Social Security information to rewrite the “borrower defense” rule. Democrats maintain that DeVos violated the Privacy Act of 1974 and undermined the legal protections of the borrowers. The allegations come as congressional Democrats move forward their vote to overturn President Donald Trump’s veto of a bipartisan resolution reversing the department’s changes. Forbes reports.
Hearings/Markups of Interest: The House Education & Labor Committee scheduled a hearing on Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce for Monday, June 22 a 12 p.m. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee scheduled a hearing on COVID-19: Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic for Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
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 June 22, 2020. For more information, please visit: www.newenglandcouncil.com.