E-Update for April 17, 2015

E-Update for April 17, 2015

E-Update for April 17, 2015

The Senate HELP Committee held a markup of the Every Child Achieves Act to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that spanned April 14th through 16th this week. After consideration of a total of 59 amendments (including the Manager’s amendment), the Committee adopted 30 amendments (5 Republican, 24 Democratic, and the Manager’s amendment). In addition, 8 amendments were defeated and 21 amendments were discussed and then withdrawn. The Committee ultimately passed the Every Child Achieves Act by a unanimous vote, 22-0. The bill will now move to the Senate floor for consideration over the coming weeks.

Events

On April 20, Invest in Us will host a webinar on School-Community Partnerships to Build Strong Early Learning Communities. The webinar will examine ways in which school districts can help build access to high-quality early childhood programming in their community. Participants will include: Roberto Rodriquez, Assistant to the President for Education, White House; Dr. Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education; Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, Ounce of Prevention Fund; Dr. Jason Sachs, Boston Public Schools; and Nicole Vitale, Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Register here.

On April 20, the American Enterprise Institute will host a presentation of survey results entitled, High costs, uncertain benefits: What do Americans without a college degree think about postsecondary education?” What do adults without a college degree know about the postsecondary options available to them? Do they know how much tuition costs, and do they recognize the potential benefits of completing a degree or certificate? Andrew P. Kelly, director of AEI’s Center on Higher Education Reform, will provide a first look at the results of a new survey of adults without a postsecondary degree. Kelly’s findings will shed light on how individuals view the costs and benefits of going to college, and a panel of higher education experts will respond. Panelists will include: Kevin J. James, AEI; Mark Schneider, American Institutes for Research and AEI; and Rachel Zinn, Workforce Data Quality Campaign. RSVP here.

On April 23, it is expected that the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY2016 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell is expected to testify. Additional information is not yet available.

Congress

Senate Labor-HHS Holds USED Budget Hearing: The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2016 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan served as the sole witness.
April 16, 2015

House Labor-HHS Holds Hearing on Early Education: The House Labor-HHS Subcommittee held a hearing on early childhood education. The following served as witnesses: Dr. Walter Gilliam, Director, The Edward Zigler Center, Yale School of Medicine; Diana Mendley Rauner, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund; and Debra Andersen, Executive Director, Smart Start Oklahoma.
April 14, 2015

U.S Department of Education

Secretary Duncan Responds to Committee Passage of the Every Child Achieves Act: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the following statement upon Senate HELP Committee passage of the Every Child Achieves Act: “I applaud the leadership of Chairman Alexander, Senator Murray and the members of the HELP Committee on the important steps taken this week to advance a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill now honors the widespread bipartisan call to expand access to high quality preschool. The bill also makes a critical investment in innovation and scaling what works. However, to live up to ESEA’s legacy of advancing equity and providing opportunity for every child, we join with numerous civil rights and business groups in urging that further significant improvements be made to the bill to create the law that America’s children deserve. Every family and every community deserve to know that schools are helping all children succeed – including low-income students, racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities and students learning English. And they deserve to know that if students in those groups fall behind, their schools will take steps to improve, with the strongest action in the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools. In addition, we should ensure that educators have the resources they need, and that federal dollars reach the most vulnerable students they are intended to support. I am encouraged that this week, members of the HELP Committee recognized the need to strengthen the bill’s accountability measures as this legislation advances in the Senate.”
April 16, 2015

USED Fines Corinthian College for Misrepresentation: The U.S. Department of Education (USED) took additional steps to protect students and taxpayers and crack down on abuses within the for-profit sector by continuing its enforcement actions against Corinthian Colleges Inc. After a comprehensive review, USED has confirmed cases of misrepresentation of job placement rates to current and prospective students in Corinthian’s Heald College system. The Department found 947 misstated placement rates and informed the company it is being fined about $30 million.
April 16, 2015

Obama Administration Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: The Departments of Education and Labor announced on April 16 that they are seeking comment on five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs), proposing rules that would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The act, signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014, is the first major reform to federal job training programs in more than 15 years. It’s designed to streamline and improve the coordination of employment and training services across federal agencies and strengthen collaboration with state and local partners to increase, access to and opportunities for the employment, education, training, and support services for individuals to succeed in the labor market.
April 14, 2015

New Legislation

H.R.1746 : Truth in Employment Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 4/13/2015)      Cosponsors (None) 

H.R.1751 : BEST Act
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 4/13/2015)      Cosponsors (None) 

H.R.1779 : To reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] (introduced 4/14/2015)      Cosponsors (1) 

H.R.1806 : To provide for technological innovation through the prioritization of Federal investment in basic research, fundamental scientific discovery, and development to improve the competitiveness of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 4/15/2015)      Cosponsors (9) 

H.R.1827 : To allow funds under title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to be used to provide training to school personnel regarding how to recognize child sexual abuse.
Sponsor: Rep Takano, Mark [CA-41] (introduced 4/15/2015)      Cosponsors (None) 

S.897 : A bill to support evidence-based social and emotional learning programing.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 4/13/2015)      Cosponsors (1) 

S.899 : Afterschool and Workforce Readiness Act
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 4/13/2015)      Cosponsors (None) 

S.923 : A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to award grants on a competitive basis to public and private entities to provide qualified sexual risk avoidance education to youth and their parents.
Sponsor: Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] (introduced 4/14/2015)      Cosponsors (5) 

S.962 : A bill to extend the same Federal benefits to law enforcement officers serving private institutions of higher education and rail carriers that apply to law enforcement officers serving units of State and local government.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 4/15/2015)      Cosponsors (4) 

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