E-Update for November 6, 2015

E-Update for November 6, 2015

News

  • Negotiations on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) continue with staff for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and House Education and Workforce Committee meeting to resolve differences on accountability, authorizations for programs, and the role of the Department of Education (USED) Secretary. Tracking continues as members of the committees will likely review and provide feedback on draft compromise legislation before members of a conference committee will be officially announced.
  • On November 4, the Republican Steering Committee nominated Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) for House Ways and Means Chairman, replacing the post previously held by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). Brady supports a pro-growth agenda which may include changing the tax code, reforming welfare, saving Social Security and Medicare for the long term, and enlarging America’s economic freedom to trade. A tax extenders package is expected to be considered over the next few weeks, possibly as part of a larger legislative vehicle. The Republican Conference is expected to ratify the Chairmanship today.
  • On November 2, the President signed into law the budget/debt limit deal which provides an increase of $80 billion in defense and non-defense discretionary spending over FY2016 and FY2017 (with additional funding provided for certain programs through Overseas Contingency Operations). Allocations to Appropriations Subcommittees, including the Labor/HHS and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, were provided on Thursday, but they are not expected to be made public. This is the next step in the process to resolve differences between House and Senate appropriations bills before the current CR expires on December 11.

 

U.S Congress

Alexander Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act: In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act this Sunday, Nov. 8, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) asserted that “as we prepare for the ninth reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, we need to make sure that requirements and regulations from Washington, no matter how well-intentioned, strengthen students’ access to a quality education, rather than hobble it.” Read the Chairman’s full statement here.
November 6, 2015

Scott Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act: House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) issued a statement celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act and calling for “Congress to pass a reauthorization that will be a strong investment in education and help keep America’s workforce and economy strong for future generations.” Read Ranking Member Scott’s full statement here.
November 6, 2015

Foxx: Apprenticeships Can Change Lives: In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) spoke about the important role apprenticeships play in helping Americans compete for today’s high-skilled, in-demand jobs. Rep. Foxx’s full remarks are available here.
November 5, 2015

Scott, Hinojosa Lead Democrats in Filing Fisher II Brief: House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA) – along with Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) – led a group of Democratic lawmakers in filing an amicus brief in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 14-981 (Fisher II) U.S. Supreme Court case examining whether state educators can consider race and ethnicity among the many factors in admissions to institutions of higher education, as consistent with the Equal Protection Clause. The amicus brief is available here.
November 3, 2015

Democratic Senators Weigh-In with the Department of Defense: On October 29, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a group of Democratic Senators wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to continue sustained enforcement against the University of Phoenix (UoP) on behalf of military veterans. The letter asserted that UoP aggressively recruits on military bases and produces poor outcomes for many veterans. The letter is available here.
October 29, 2015

18 Members of Congress Send Letter Urging Robust Education Technology Funding in ESEA: Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and a bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators sent a letter to Senate HELP Committee leadership and House Committee on Education and the Workforce leadership urging them to keep education technology provisions strong in the ensuing House-Senate conference negotiations to reauthorize ESEA. The letter is available here.
October 28, 2015

 

U.S Department of Education

Department of Education Advances Transparency Agenda for Accreditation: USED announced a series of executive actions to improve accreditors’ and the Department’s oversight activities and move toward a new focus on student outcomes and transparency. USED also proposed a suite of legislative reform proposals to guide Congressional action on improving and reforming accreditation. In response to the announcement, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said, “Eighty-one senators voted in July to get the federal government out of the business of setting standards in elementary and secondary education – and any proposal to define academic standards from Washington for our country’s 6,000 colleges and universities is equally misguided.” But HELP Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) said she’s “pleased the administration is taking these proactive steps.”
November 6, 2015

Eight Tribes Receive Nearly $2.5 Million in Grants; Funds Help Tribes Take Control of Own Educational Programs: USED announced that eight federally recognized tribes will collectively receive nearly $2.5 million in grant awards funded through the Department of Education’s State-Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program, and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education’s Tribal Education Department (TED) program. The grants will allow the tribes to bolster their educational programs and advance self-determination goals through the development of academically rigorous and culturally relevant programs. More information about the STEP program is available here.
November 5, 2015

New Project Explores Connections with Apprenticeships: USED’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education announced a new project to explore options for improving connections between secondary Career and Technical Education and Apprenticeships in conjunction with first National Apprenticeship Week. The project, entitled “Potential Role of Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs,” will support state and local leaders in replicating and scaling existing pre-apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs, and will promote apprenticeships as a viable career path for students participating in CTE programs.
November 5, 2015

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Tenure of Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a statement on the tenure of Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
November 4, 2015

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on School Discipline and Civil Rights: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a statement about the classroom arrest at Richland County’s Spring Valley High School in South Carolina.
October 30, 2015

 

Events

On November 12, USED, Attendance Works, Everybody Graduates Center and United Way Worldwide will host a webinar entitled “Every Student, Every Day: A Virtual Summit on Addressing and Eliminating Chronic Absence”. This online summit will outline key steps that states, districts and communities can take to improve student achievement by monitoring and reducing chronic absence. Register here.

 

New Legislation

H.R.3886 : Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act
Sponsor: Rep Bonamici, Suzanne [OR-1] (introduced 11/3/2015)     Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.R.3925 : To direct the Secretary of Education to carry out a program of canceling certain Federal student loans of principals in high need schools.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 11/4/2015)     Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.R.3947 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Truth in Lending Act to clarify the application of prepayment and underpayment amounts on student loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Financial Services

H.R.3948 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to include requirements for the transfer of servicing of postsecondary education loans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-21] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Education and the Workforce

H.R.3964 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to expand the definition of eligible program.
Sponsor: Rep Duckworth, Tammy [IL-8] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.R.3985 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to allow the Secretary of Education to award job training Federal Pell Grants.
Sponsor: Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.R.3988 : To count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutions of higher education are allowed to receive for purposes of section 487 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-14] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Armed Services; House Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.3992 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve the determination of cohort default rates and provide for enhanced civil penalties, to ensure personal liability of owners, officers, and executives of institutions of higher education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (15)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.RES.515 : Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of civic education and civic involvement programs in the elementary and secondary schools of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 11/4/2015)     Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.RES.521 : Expressing support for designation of the week beginning on November 9, 2015, as “National School Psychology Week”.
Sponsor: Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

H.RES.522 : Supporting the designation of November 1 through November 7, 2015, as “National Apprenticeship Week”.
Sponsor: Rep Rice, Kathleen M. [NY-4] (introduced 11/5/2015)     Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce

S.RES.301 : A resolution calling on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation to modify the accreditation standards of the Council to prevent the standards from negatively impacting Alaska Native and Native American teacher candidates.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 10/30/2015)     Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

 

Publications

Evaluation of Response to Intervention Practices for Elementary School Reading: Developed by the National Center on Education and the Economy, this study examines the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) in Grade 1–3 reading in 13 states during the 2011–12 school year, focusing on 146 schools that were experienced with RtI. Full implementation of the RtI framework in Grade 1–3 reading was reported by 86 percent of the experienced schools. Fifty-five percent of these schools focused reading intervention services on Grade 1 students reading below grade level, while 45 percent of the schools also provided reading intervention services for Grade 1 students reading at or above grade level.
November 3, 2015

Fisher v. University of Texas – U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief 2015: On behalf of the College Board, AACRAO, LSAC, and NACAC, EducationCounsel filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in its second hearing of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The brief underscores the importance of institutional mission and academic judgment and provides a detailed examination of holistic review admissions processes.  This brief joins dozens of others supporting UT, notably including the American Council on Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges.  For more information about Fisher II and EducationCounsel’s longstanding partnership with the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative, please visit http://diversitycollaborative.collegeboard.org.
October 30, 2015

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