Posts Tagged: DC Shuttle

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 ...

House Bill to Reauthorize Higher Ed Act Would Squeeze Traditional Colleges

DC Shuttle ... Response and Debate Follow Committee Passing of HEA Reauthorization. The House bill (H.R. 4508) to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would overhaul the federal student aid programs and eliminate some regulations on for-profit colleges, such as the 90/10 rule and gainful employment regulations. The bill takes some steps toward a unit-record system, Inside Higher Ed reports. It wo...

Tax Bill Moving Despite Widespread Opposition

DC Shuttle ... Tax Bill Moves Forward Despite Educators' Resistance. Both the U.S. House and Senate voted to go to conference on their versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bills would make significant changes to higher education. Between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, the following changes would impact higher education institutions and students: Endowment Tax Eliminati...

Draft HEA Reauthorization Would Nix Some Loan Forgiveness, Nip Some of Secretary’s Authority

DC Shuttle ... House Ed and Workforce Releases Draft HEA Reauthorization. Republican leadership of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce released a bill that would reauthorize the federal law governing higher education, the Higher Education Act of 1965. The "Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act," H.R. 4508, was introduced by ...

FAFSA … It’s That Simple?

DC Shuttle ... FAFSA Simplification Hearing and Bill. The Senate Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee will hold a hearing on Nov. 28 to take a look at simplifying the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). The committee will hear from witnesses representing researchers, students, schools and financial aid professionals on proposals to simplify the FAFSA. Committee Ch...

Senate, Like House, Would Tax Endowments, but Go Easier on Other Higher Ed Provisions

DC Shuttle ... Senate Releases Tax Bill. The Republican-led U.S. Senate released a tax bill that would impose a new 1.4% excise tax on the earnings of endowments at private universities. The new tax, which is also in the House bill, would apply only to private, not public, universities that have at least 500 students and endowment assets of at least $250,000 per student. The Senate bill would kee...