Posts Tagged: the New England Council

Murray’s HEA Would Dangle Federal Incentives to Boost State Spending

DC Shuttle ... Murray Speaks About Higher Education Act Reauthorization. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, spoke at the Center for American Progress on her vision for the Higher Education Act (HEA). Murray, who confirmed that she is beginning negotiations of the reauthorization with HELP Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander,...

A Pitch for Teacher Pay and School Infrastructure

DC Shuttle ... House Hearing on Education Infrastructure and Teacher Pay. The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing focused on teacher pay and school infrastructure. At the hearing, lawmakers highlighted teacher protests happening across the country. House Democrats also pushed for their school infrastructure bill. Chair Bobby Scott (D-VA) called for increasing federal spendin...

New Republicans Join U.S. House Ed Panel

DC Shuttle ... New Republican Members Named to U.S. House Education Committee. Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) announced the lineup of Republicans on the House Education and Labor Committee for the 116th Congress. The list includes 10 new Republicans: Mark Walker (NC), James Comer (KY), Russ Fulcher (ID), Van Taylor (TX), Steve Watkins (KS), Ron Wright (TX), Dan Meuser (PA), William Timmons...

Your Friends on the Hill

DC Shuttle ... New Democratic Members of House Education Committee Announced. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats selected 14 new members of the House Committee on Education and Labor. The new members are Josh Harder (D-CA), Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Susie Lee (D-NV), Andy Levin (D-MI), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Joseph D. Morelle (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Kim ...

U.S. Reportedly Considered Nixing Visas for Chinese Students Even Amid Sinking International Grad Enrollment

DC Shuttle ... Reports of Proposed Plan to Limit Chinese Students. Reports last week indicated that earlier this year, the White House considered eliminating student visas for Chinese students. According to the reports, advisers encouraged President Donald Trump to stop providing student visas to Chinese nationals, but the proposal was shelved over concerns about its economic and diplomatic imp...

Loans Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

DC Shuttle ... Loan Forgiveness Data. The U.S. Department of Education released new data on public student loan forgiveness. The report shows that of the more than 28,000 borrowers who submitted applications under the federal public service loan forgiveness program, only 96 had their loans discharged as of the end of June, the data shows. The loan forgiveness for those borrowers totaled $5.52 m...

Paying Pentagon to Rob Pell?

DC Shuttle ... U.S. Senate Debates Education Appropriations with Focus on Pell Funds. The Senate began debate on an $857 billion spending bill for the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, as well as Education and other agencies. It is the first time education appropriations had been debated on the Senate floor since 2007 and the amendment process is expected to be tedious...

For Higher Ed, Good Things Come in Big Packages

DC Shuttle ... Omnibus Spending Package Boosts Ed Funding Where Trump Wanted Cuts. President Trump signed into law spending legislation that provides a significant funding increase for the U.S. Department of Education, including more money for educator development, afterschool programs and special education. The bill funds the Department of Education at $70.9 billion, which is $2.6 billion above ...

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...

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...