Posts Tagged: DC Shuttle

GOP Plan Would Tax Endowments, Slam Higher Ed Breaks

DC Shuttle ... House Tax Plan Would Hit Higher Education. Republican leadership in the U.S. House released its draft "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act", which would have major implications for the higher education community. A new tax would make private colleges subject to a 1.4% excise tax on the net investment income of their endowments. The provision would apply only to private institutions with at least...

Speaking Freely?

DC Shuttle ... Hearing on Free Speech on Campus. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on free speech on college campuses. The only legislation proposed to address the issue is a House resolution (H Res 307) to ban campuses from designating specific areas where students can protest or pass out flyers. In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said tha...

Protecting the Dream?

DC Shuttle ... College Presidents Ask for Solution to Dreamers' Status. Presidents from almost 800 colleges and universities sent a letter to leaders of Congress, calling on them to "pass a long-term legislative fix as soon as possible to protect Dreamers." In the letter, presidents argue that "Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our coll...

DeVos Opens Public Comment Period on “Secretary’s Vision”

DC Shuttle ... Ed Secy Outlines Priorities. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos outlined her vision and policy priorities for education in the U.S. In a document published in the Federal Register, the Department of Education details 11 proposed priorities for use in competitive grant programs that "reflect the Secretary's vision for American education." The department said that its 11 initiative...

White House Extends Ed Commissions, Aid to Hurricane Areas

DC Shuttle ... Executive Order Extends Presidential Commissions on Education. President Trump signed an executive order extending three presidential advisory commissions on education until Sept. 30, 2019. All three had been set to expire over the weekend. Trump's order extends the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the President's Advisory Commission on Educ...

Ed Dept Weighs Which Regs to Scrap

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Solicits Feedback on Regulation Reduction. The U.S. Department of Education will hold the first of two public hearings tomorrow to solicit additional public input on which federal higher education regulations it should roll back. The hearing will be at Salt Lake Community College's Miller Campus in Sandy, Utah. A second hearing will be held on Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. Nea...

House Approves Budget Cutting $2.3 Billion from Ed Dept

DC Shuttle ... House Approves Spending Package with Ed Dept Cuts. The House of Representatives approved an omnibus spending package (H.R. 3354), by a 211-198 vote, to fund the government, including the U.S. Department of Education funding bill (H.R. 3358). The bill, as approved, would cut about $2.3 billion from the Department of Education, a roughly 3.5% reduction from the agency's current budge...

Trump Administration Would Rewrite Sexual Assault, Immigration Rules

DC Shuttle ... DeVos to Change Sexual Assault Rule. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a speech in which she said she would replace an Obama-era schools directive on sexual assault with an alternative that she said would do a better job  balancing the rights of victims and the accused, Politico reports. The plan is to develop new guidance through a rulemaking process that likely wil...

Affirming Action?

DC Shuttle ... Justice Dept Memo Suggests Lawsuit on College Discrimination. A leaked document suggested that the U.S. Justice Department may soon begin investigating whether colleges are discriminating in the way they use race in admissions. An internal Justice Department posting seeking lawyers for "investigations and possible litigation" relating to university affirmative action policies was l...

Bill Gutting US Ed Dept Moves to Full House

DC Shuttle ... House Appropriations Committee Passes Education Funding Bill. The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing and adopted the fiscal year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill by a vote of 28 to 22. The legislation would cut nearly $2.4 billion from the Education Department's budget, but did not include many of the cuts recommended by the adminis...