E-Update for July 1, 2016

E-Update for July 1, 2016

Highlights

  • On June 29, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing with U.S. Secretary of Education John King to receive an update on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation process.
  • On June 28, members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee introduced their bipartisan reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, available here.
  • This week, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) updated their ESSA Transition FAQ and released a Dear Colleague letter highlighting the importance and utility of stakeholder engagement for States and Districts implementing ESSA.

U.S. Congress

House Education Committee Introduces Bill to Reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: The House Education and the Workforce Committee unveiled their rewrite of the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. H.R. 5587, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” was introduced by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA). The bill would provide states more flexibility over how they use federal CTE funds. The full bill is available here.
June 28, 2016

Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on ESSA Implementation: The Senate HELP Committee held a hearing entitled, “ESSA Implementation: Update from the U.S. Secretary of Education on Proposed Regulations,” to hear from Secretary King on the state of implementation of the ESSA from the perspective of the Administration. Chairman of the Senate HELP Committee Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed concern to Secretary King about some of  USED’s proposed regulations pertaining to accountability, consolidated state plans, and data reporting, as well as USED’s draft regulations on supplement, not supplant. While Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) voiced support for the proposed regulations and USED’s work to prioritize the regulations focused on implementing the federal guardrails in the law.  Chairman Alexander’s opening statement is available here. Ranking Member Murray’s remarks are available here.
June 29, 2016

Administration

USED Updates ESSA Transition FAQ: USED updated its ESSA transition FAQ document. The document was updated to include information on various programs, such as the administration of School Improvement Grants (SIG) for fiscal years (FY) 2015 & 2016, information on Charter School Program (CSP) grants, and various Title I-Part A requirements. The full FAQ document is available here.
June 29, 2016

USED Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Stakeholder Engagement: USED issued a Dear Colleague letter to highlight the importance and utility of stakeholder engagement as states and local school districts transition to and, eventually, implement ESSA, and to provide guidance, resources, and examples of stakeholder engagement for states and districts to consider.
June 24, 2016

USED and DOL Issue Final Rules Implementing WIOA: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and USED issued the final rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The regulations strengthen accountability and transparency; increase access to work-based learning tools, such as apprenticeships; improve relationships with employers, including through sector partnerships; and foster more cohesive planning within economic regions.
June 30, 2016

USED Launches New Feedback System for Federal Student Aid Customers: USED launched the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Feedback System, an online portal that allows FSA customers to submit complaints, provide positive feedback, and report allegations of suspicious activity regarding their experience with FSA programs. The feedback system is available here.
July 1, 2016

USED and HHS Release Report on Credentialing in the Field of Early Care and Education: Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, USED, and Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released a report entitled, “Credentialing in the Early Care and Education Field Report.”  The report examines comprehensive career pathway systems in the early childhood education field. The full report is available here.
June 29, 2016

Special Master Joseph Smith Releases Fourth and Final Borrower Defense Progress Report to USED: USED Special Master Joseph A. Smith released his final borrower defense progress report to the Department. The report includes information on the numbers and status of borrower defense claims and USED’s continued efforts to provide relief to Corinthian College students. According to the report, USED has discharged a total of approximately $130 million in loans of former Corinthian College students. The full report is available here.
June 29, 2016

USED’s OCR Announces Settlements Regarding Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities: USED’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it had reached settlements with education organizations in seven states and one territory to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities.
June 29, 2016

Secretary King Calls for Charters to Rethink School Discipline: Secretary King called for charter schools to consider ways to rethink student disciplinary practices. Speaking at the National Charter School Conference, Secretary King urged charter schools to create a culture to motivate students to do their best and to develop less punitive approaches to school discipline.
June 28, 2016

Secretary King Sends Letter to Senator Murray Detailing USED’s Plans to Simplify the FAFSA: Secretary King sent a letter to Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) detailing USED plans to simplify the application process for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for homeless students. Secretary King noted USED’s plans to clarify the text of the application to make the application more understandable for applicants, in addition to simplifying the process for students with the unaccompanied homeless youth distinction.
June 27, 2016

USED Announces Postsecondary Institutions Selected to Participation in Second Chance Pell Program: USED announced the 67 postsecondary institutions chosen to participate in the Second Chance Pell pilot program. The selected colleges and universities will partner with over 100 federal and state penal institutions to enroll about 12,000 incarcerated students in educational and training programs, and the institutions will be able to provide Pell Grants to qualified students.
June 24, 2016

Secretary King Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin: Secretary King released a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin. He noted that the court’s decision aligns with USED’s support of diversity in higher education.
June 23, 2016

Events

On July 7, 2016, the House Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee will markup the Fiscal Year 2017 House Labor/HHS bill at 9:00 am in Room 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building.  Additional information is available here.

New Legislation

H.R.5587 : Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] (introduced 6/28/2016)      Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.R.5583 : University Regulation Streamlining and Harmonization Act of 2016
Sponsor: Rep Lipinski, Daniel [IL-3] (introduced 6/24/2016)      Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Science, Space, and Technology; House Oversight and Government Reform

S.3116 : A bill to amend the loan counseling requirements under the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 6/29/2016)      Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.3122 : A bill to reinstate Federal Pell Grant eligibility for individuals incarcerated in Federal and State penal institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 6/29/2016)      Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Publications

Primary Early Care and Education Arrangements and Achievement at Kindergarten Entry: This National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) report explores the relationship between children’s primary early care and education (ECE) arrangements the year before kindergarten and their academic skills and learning behaviors at kindergarten entry, after accounting for child and family background characteristics.
June 30, 2016

Teacher Job Satisfaction: This NCES data point uses Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data from 2003—04, 2007—08, and 2011—12 to examine job satisfaction among teachers in both public and private schools. This study describes job satisfaction overall and also for teachers who had varying perceptions of administrative support.
June 30, 2016

Instructional Staff Salary and Benefits Spending: 1991-2011: This NCES report uses expenditure data from the Common Core of Data (CCD) “National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS)” for fiscal years 1991 to 2011 and instructional staff data from the CCD “State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education” for school years 1990–91 to 2010–11. This study includes information about expenditures on elementary and secondary education, expenditures on instructional staff salaries, and instructional staff benefits.
June 30, 2016

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