Posts Tagged: The New England Council (NEC)

Teaching Civics from Early Childhood to Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... King Cosponsors the Civics Democracy Act. U.S.  Sen. Angus King (I-ME) announced that he is cosponsoring the Civics Democracy Act which was introduced by Sens Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) earlier this year. This bill would authorize federal grants for educators, nonprofits and others to “improve [and] strengthen civics education from early childhood to higher educ...

U.S. Cancels Remaining Student Loans for 560,000 Borrowers who Attended Corinthian

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Cancels Remaining Loans for Over Half Million Borrowers who Attended Corinthian. The U.S. Department of Education “announced it will discharge all remaining federal student loans borrowed to attend any campus owned or operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. ... from its founding in 1995 through its closure in April 2015,” impacting 560,000 borrowers. This $5.8 billion lo...

Senator Warns that Student Debt Prevents Many from Buying a Home, Starting a Business, Starting a Family

DC Shuttle ... Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Student Debt. The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing titled “Examining Student Loan Servicers and Their Impact on Workers.” Earlier in the week, Committee Chair Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened a listening session to hear from borrowers across the country about their experiences with student loan ...

Biden Admin Offers More Incarcerated Students Second Chance Pells, Boosts Investment in Pandemic Recovery … Now, Will It Forgive Student Loans?

DC Shuttle ... Hearings & Markups of Interest The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety will hold a hearing on Connecting Workers and Communities: Preparing and Supporting the Broadband Workforce on Tuesday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Education Department Expands Second Chance Pell Grants to Sup...

Plan Would “Repurpose” $500 million in Unspent Covid Relief that Was Set Aside for Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... Senate Covid-19 Relief Compromise Would Repurpose $500 Million in Higher Ed Funding. The U.S. Senate reached a bipartisan “agreement in principle” for a $10 billion Covid-19 relief bill. The compromise reprograms billions in unused money from other coronavirus bills to fund Covid-19-related therapeutics, testing and vaccine distribution efforts. It proposes to rescind $500 mill...

Biden Budget Would Double Maximum Pell Grant by 2029

DC Shuttle ... President Biden Releases Fiscal 2023 Budget Proposal, Including Big Increase for Pell Grants. President Joe Biden released his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2023 appropriations bill. The most notable provisions include a proposal to double the maximum Pell Grant by 2029 and increase the maximum Pell Grant amount by $2,175 for the 2023-24 academic year. Biden also proposed $...

U.S. Education Department Rules Crack Down on For-Profit Colleges

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Reaches Consensus on 90/10 and Ability to Benefit Rules. After three months of negotiations between the U.S. Department of Education and higher education representatives, the department failed to reach consensus on all but two of the Biden administration’s seven regulatory proposals regarding higher education. The department did reach consensus on the new 90/10 rule, an...

Biden Signs Bill Increasing Maximum Pell Grant, Simplifying FAFSA, Reintroducing Earmarks

DC Shuttle ... President Signs Fiscal 2022 Spending Bill. President Joe Biden signed into law a $1.5 trillion government spending bill for fiscal year 2022 that provides $3 billion for higher education. Notable higher education provisions include a $400 increase to the maximum Pell Grant award and the FAFSA Simplification Act, which intends to streamline the process for students applying for f...

Uniting Teachers Unions … Plus Extending the Pause on Student Loans?

DC Shuttle ... Teachers Unions Unite. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) announced their plans to expand their partnership through a tentative affiliation agreement. This agreement includes combining union organizing activities between the two organizations, as well as the AFT’s contribution to the AAUP’s “nonunion ad...

Biden in SOTU Calls for Increase in Pell Grants, Support for Minority-Serving Institutions

DC Shuttle ... Hearings & Markups of Interest The U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development will hold a hearing on Skill, Upskill, and Reskill: Analyzing New Investments in Workforce Development on Wednesday, March 9 at 10 a.m. in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building and remotely via livestream.) The U.S. Senate Health, ...