E-Update for August 7, 2014

E-Update for August 7, 2014

E-Update for August 7, 2014

Updates

On July 31, the Department of Education announced that five states—Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, New York, and South Carolina—received a one-year extension of their Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver plans. The waiver extension applies through the 2014-2015 school year. Concurrent with the waiver extension process, the Department is developing an update to the ESEA waiver framework that will establish a process and road map for states seeking to renew their waivers beyond the extension timeline. This waiver renewal framework will likely be published by the Department later this fall.

EducationCounsel News

On behalf of the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative, EducationCounsel released a summary and analysis of the Fifth Circuit’s new decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, a 2-1 decision that upheld UT’s race-conscious admissions program under federal legal standards. The guidance provides the background and procedural history of the case, a detailed analysis of the ruling, and key takeaways for practitioners and policymakers. It can be found on the EducationCounsel website here.
July 31, 2014

Events

On Thursday, August 7, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching hosted a webinar on “The Basics 101: Carnegie’s Approach to Educational Improvement” at 1pm. Carnegie improvement specialists walked participants through the use of improvement science to help solve problems in education. Sandra Park and Anna Kawar, faculty from Carnegie’s Center for Networked Improvement, led the webinar and a live Q&A following the presentation.

Congressional Headlines

The Senate and House are in recess until Monday, September 8.

New Legislation

H.R.5259 : Investing for Tomorrow’s Schools Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5262 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.
Sponsor: Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5269 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase transparency and reporting on campus sexual violence, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.5275 : Maximizing Opportunities and Retaining Experienced Teachers Act
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5277 : SOS Campus Act
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5298 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt student workers for purposes of determining a higher education institution’s employer health care shared responsibility.
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5303 : To promote the use of blended learning in classrooms across America.
Sponsor: Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5310 : To amend the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to specify that courses offered by lenders for their own employees may not satisfy the pre-licensing education or continuing education requirement.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-31] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5343 : To amend section 1111(h)(1)(C)(i) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require that annual State report cards reflect the same race groups as the decennial census of population.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5354 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to combat campus sexual violence, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.5370 : To provide student loan forgiveness for American Indian educators teaching in local educational agencies with a high percentage of American Indian students.
Sponsor: Rep Ruiz, Raul [CA-36] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5394 : To provide for the elimination of the Department of Education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] (introduced 8/1/2014)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 8/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5399 : To modify the grace period prior to the repayment period for certain Federal direct loans and to exclude from Federal income taxation certain employer-provided student loan assistance.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Scott H. [CA-52] (introduced 8/1/2014)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 8/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

S.2690 : A bill to amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to ensure that student data handled by private companies is protected, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2692 : A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to combat campus sexual violence, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2695 : A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education to have an independent advocate for campus sexual assault prevention and response.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2702 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the social security number of the student and the employer identification number of the educational institution for purposes of education tax credits.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 7/30/2014)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/30/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2728 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide community-based medical education payments to primary care teaching centers, to provide for a Medicare indirect medical education performance adjustment, and to increase Medicare graduate medical education transparency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2753 : A bill to increase the recruitment and retention of school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists by low-income local educational agencies.
Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 7/31/2014)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 7/31/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.RES.527 : A resolution congratulating the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for 100 years of service throughout the United States and the world, and commending Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for exemplifying the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service while upholding the motto “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity”.
Sponsor: Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA] (introduced 7/29/2014)
Latest Major Action: 7/29/2014 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Publications

New America Foundation Report: Making the Hours Count: This report reviews how varying measures of pre-K and kindergarten learning, including the commonly used “half-day” and “full-day” labels, undermine efforts to understand the influence of class time on learning outcomes.
August 6, 2014

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Report: Partially Nested Randomized Controlled Trials in Education Research: A Guide to Design and Analysis: This paper provides readers with an introduction to partially-nested randomized controlled trials (PN-RCTs) and ways to design and analyze the results from them. This paper was written primarily for applied education researchers with introductory knowledge of quantitative impact evaluation methods. The paper addresses design issues such as possibilities for random assignment, cluster formation, statistical power, and confounding factors that may mask the contribution of the intervention; discusses basic statistical models that adjust for the clustering of treatment students within intervention clusters, associated computer code for estimation, and a step-by-step guide on how to estimate the models and interpret the output.
August 5, 2014

New America Foundation Update: Number of Borrowers Using Income-Based Repayment Doubles in One Year: This update includes analysis of the latest enrollment figures from the U.S. Department of Education, which suggest enrollment in Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans for student loans is higher than many expected.
August 4, 2014

ACT Report: Missing the Mark:This report suggests that changing high school graduation requirements alone may have little effect on students’ college and career readiness.The report analyzes data from Illinois students attending high school after enactment of a law requiring high school students to take a minimum of three years of math and two years of science coursework. In the analysis, ACT identified three trends-in course taking, achievement, and college enrollment. In course taking, the law had little effect on trends in math course taking, but it did encourage students in the bottom half of their class to take more science classes. In achievement, the requirements had little effect on student achievement on the ACT college readiness assessment in either mathematics or science. In college enrollment, college enrollment for both high- and low-ranking students increased due to the higher math requirement, but enrollment wasn’t affected by the science requirement. These findings indicate that higher graduation requirements alone are unlikely to improve college and career readiness for high school students.
August 2014

Clayton Christensen Institute Mini-Book: Hire Education: Mastery, Modularization, and the Workforce Revolution: This report looks at the disruptive potential impacts of online, competency-based education. An examination of online competency-based education unveils the tectonic shifts to come in higher education. The authors argue that, over time, the industry-validated experiences that emerge from the strong partnerships between online competency-based providers and employers will ultimately have the power to override the importance of college rankings and accreditation.
July 2014

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