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Alexander’s HEA Proposals Panned by Democrats, Praised by Ivanka

Comings and Goings ... Alexander's HEA Proposal Garners Mixed Reviews. U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked a bill passed by the House that would extend funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) two years beyond its expiration date on Sept. 30. Instead of allowing a clean passage of the bill through ...

US Ed Dept Calls for Remaking University Middle East Programs with More Focus on “Positive” Aspects of Judaism and Christianity

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Orders Two Universities to Overhaul Middle East Programs. The U.S. Department of Education ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake their Middle East studies program run jointly between the two schools. The letter sent to the universities reveals that the Education Department found the program to have a biased curriculum that d...

Mark Up of Ed Bills Hits a Wall

DC Shuttle ... Senate Panel Cancels Education Funding Bill Markup. The Senate Appropriations Committee canceled a scheduled markup of legislation to fund the U.S. Education Department for the 2020 fiscal year. A vote on Health and Human Services (HHS)-Labor-Education has been a major priority for Democrats, but is now facing partisan controversy as Congress returns from recess. The top Democrat...

“Jump Start on College Act” Would Fund Dual Enrollment, Early College High Schools

DC Shuttle ... 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, Enginee...

How Do Lawmakers Spell Relief?

DC Shuttle ... Warren and Clyburn Introduce Bicameral Student Debt Relief Bill. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) introduced bicameral legislation that would expand student loan forgiveness to 42 million federal and private borrowers. The Student Loan Debt Relief Act would automatically cancel up to $50,000 of debt for households with an income under $100,0...

House Defense Bill Offends For-Profit Colleges

DC Shuttle ... House Adds Amendments to Defense Act Targeting For-Profit Universities. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year that would increase the Pentagon's scrutiny of for-profit colleges. The amendment would require the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to audit for-profit colleges that enroll ...

Teachers Sue DeVos for Deliberately Mismanaging Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

DC Shuttle ... Lawsuit Filed Against Secretary DeVos. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) filed a lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, alleging deliberate mismanagement of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The PSLF program, authorized by Congress in 2007, was designed to enable qualifying public service workers to discharge the balance on their stu...

Education Dept Ends Obama-Era Gainful Employment Reg Meant to Hold Low-Quality Career Ed Programs Accountable

DC Shuttle ... Education Department Ends Gainful Employment Regulation. The U.S. Education Department rescinded the gainful employment rule, which had been implemented by the Obama administration aimed at protecting students from schools that leave them with high debt and insufficient job prospects. The rule is no longer in effect as of July 1, the department posted. The rule had mostly affecte...

Among Capitol Hill To-Do Items: Invest in Retraining, Protect Veterans in Higher Ed, Pilot Pells for Dual Enrollment

DC Shuttle ... House Passes Education Funding Bill. The House passed legislation containing an almost $1 trillion minibus spending package (H.R. 2740) that includes funding for the U.S. Education Department. The bill would provide a 6% funding boost in education spending for the coming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The package now goes to the Senate, where work has not yet begun on next year's ...

Crackdown on Donations-for-Admissions

DC Shuttle ... Legislation Would Require Reporting of Donations to Colleges. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation that would eliminate tax deductions for donations made to colleges unless the institutions have policies asserting that family donations don't influence admissions. The bill, the College Admissions Fairness Act, would amend the Higher Education Act to require colleges r...