E-Update for September 16, 2014

E-Update for September 16, 2014

E-Update for September 16, 2014


Late last week, Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate announced an agreement to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program. The full House approved the bill on September 15, and the legislation is expected pass the full Senate later this week. The compromise bill:

  • Recognizes the important role of child care providers in a child’s development by increasing the consistency of care. Children who initially qualify for a subsidy get care for a year, regardless of changes to family income or work, training, or education status.
  • Strengthens safety in child care settings by requiring all providers to undergo annual inspections.
  • Requires states to set aside three percent of funding to expand access and improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers.
  • Requires provider training on child behavioral supports to reduce expulsions from early childhood programs and reporting on state expulsion policies, in response to recent studies showing a disparate rate of expulsion of minority children from early learning settings.
  • Provides a 16.5 percent increase in authorized funding over 6 years, compared to a Fiscal Year 2014 baseline.


On September 17, POLITICO will host a conversation about student debt as a part of a new series, “Solving for Y: Exploring Opportunities for the Next Generation.” The event begins at 7:45am at the Hamilton. The conversation will include Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Suze Orman.

On September 17, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host a webinar on “Redesigning Learning Spaces: Creating Brain-Friendly, Blended Learning Environments” from 7-7:45pm. The webinar will explore how classroom spaces can be transformed into brain-friendly digital learning environments. As founders of classroomcribs.com, Erin Klein, Benjamin Gilpin, and A. J. Juliani will discuss how the learning environment, including physical spaces, plays a key role in how students learn and how creating a digital environment in such a space can transform the learning process as a whole.

On September 17, the Committee for Education Funding hosts its 2014 CEF Legislative Conference and Gala. The legislative conference will run from 8:30am to 12pm in the Cannon Caucus Room. Speakers will include Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Margie Omero (Managing Director of Research, Purple Strategies). The gala will begin at 5:30pm at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill and will honor Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY).

On September 18, The National Journal and The Atlantic will host an event entitled, “A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership.” The event will begin at 9am at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center. The event will feature a keynote and panel discussion moderated by Atlantic Media’s editorial director, Ron Brownstein.  Guest speakers will include Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Cecilia Munoz (Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, The White House), Rafael Bras (Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology), and several others.

On September 18 and 19, the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) will host a conference on “The Value of Higher Education—And How to Further Strengthen It” at the Dupont Circle Hotel. The conference will highlight recent CAPSEE research on labor market returns to a broad range of postsecondary credentials and pathways, and explore how that research can be used to inform higher education policy focused on performance-based accountability, college affordability, and improving economic outcomes for students. Guest speakers will include Jamienne Studley (Deputy Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education), Thomas Brock (Commissioner, National Center for Education Research), and many others.

On September 21, the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools kicks off its 2014 NAFIS Fall Conference. The conference will run through September 23 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

U.S Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $14.7 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants: The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $14.7 million to 40 school districts in 20 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs on September 11. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the new awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by these grants.
September 11, 2014

U.S. Department Of Education Reaches Agreement with The Ohio State University To Address And Prevent Sexual Assault And Harassment Of Students: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced on September 11 that it has concluded a proactive compliance review of The Ohio State University (Ohio State), and has entered into an agreement to ensure the university’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) by providing a learning, living, and working environment that is free from sexual assault and sexual harassment. This review began in 2010 and was not initiated by a complaint.
September 11, 2014

Congressional Headlines

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Child Care & Development Block Grant Program: The House passed the Child Care Development Block Grant program on September 15. The program provides fund to states to help low-income families pay for child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. The law has not been reauthorized since 1996. The bipartisan, bicameral agreement is based upon legislation introduced in 2013 by Senators Mikulski and Burr that passed the Senate earlier this year.
September 15, 2014

Senate to Markup the Strengthening Education through Research Act: The Senate will markup H.R. 4366, the Strengthening Education through Research Act, on September 17 at 10AM in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. H.R. 4366 reauthorizes federal education research through the Institute of Education Sciences.
September 10

New Legislation

H.R.5417 : Bringing Awareness and Knowledge to Exempt Schools Against Legislative Encroachment Act
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 9/9/2014) Cosponsors (6)

H.R.5464 : Making appropriations for Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 9/15/2014) Cosponsors (4)

H.J.RES.124 : Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Harold [KY-5] (introduced 9/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)

H.RES.719 : Recognizing the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps on September 12, 2014.
Sponsor: Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] (introduced 9/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)

S.2781 : Student Visa Integrity Act
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 9/9/2014) Cosponsors (2)

S.2788 : A bill to provide support for the development of middle school career exploration programs linked to career and technical education programs of study.
Sponsor: Sen Kaine, Tim [VA] (introduced 9/10/2014) Cosponsors (3)

S.2789 : A bill to amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 9/10/2014) Cosponsors (13)

S.2790 : A bill to amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to permit a prevailing party in an action or proceeding brought to enforce the Act to be awarded expert witness fees and certain other expenses.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 9/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)

S.2795 : A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to expand the definition of eligible program.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 9/11/2014) Cosponsors (1)

S.2796 : A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase the income protection allowances.
Sponsor: Sen Baldwin, Tammy [WI] (introduced 9/11/2014) Cosponsors (1)

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