E-Update for July 29, 2016

E-Update for July 29, 2016


  • This week, the Democratic National Convention took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to nominate Hillary Clinton for President and adopt the Democratic Platform.  The platform includes education provisions addressing issues ranging from support for universal pre-kindergarten and a national campaign to recruit and retain high-quality teachers to opposition to high-stakes testing and for-profit charter schools. Specific to higher education, the platform calls for every student to be able to attend college debt-free, a government moratorium on student loan payments, allowing for refinancing of student loans at the lowest rates possible, and expansion of income-based repayment plans, among other initiatives. The Democratic Platform is available here.
  • Congress is in recess and will reconvene after Labor Day.


USED Releases Guidance on Homeless Children and Youth: The U.S. Department of Education (USED) released guidance to states and districts on new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support homeless youth. The guidance provides tools and resources to states and districts to help them identify and support homeless students, ensure that school and classroom policies and procedures do not adversely affect homeless students, and ensure that states and districts support stable learning environments. The fact sheet is available here; the full guidance is available here.
July 27, 2016

Secretary King Writes Op-Ed Urging Support of Education Initiatives to Reduce Incarceration and Recidivism: USED Secretary John King authored an Op-Ed in Education Week highlighting the need to support education initiatives to reduce incarceration and recidivism. Specifically, the Op-Ed expresses support for the Second Chance Pell Grant initiative, high-quality preschool programs, and rethinking school discipline.
July 26, 2016

USED Denies Three Medtech Colleges Participation in Title IV Federal Financial Aid Program: USED announced enforcement actions taken against Medtech Colleges in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The actions followed the conclusion of investigations conducted by the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) which revealed that the school had misrepresented job placement rates, among other findings.
July 26, 2016

USED’s Office of Civil Rights Releases Guidance on Rights of Students with ADHD: USED’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance clarifying schools’ obligation to provide students with ADHD with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The guidance explains schools’ evaluation obligations for students who need special education or related services and their obligation to provide such services to students with disabilities based on specific needs. The full guidance, released on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is available here.
July 26, 2016


On August 10, former U.S. Secretary of Education and EducationCounsel Senior Partner Richard W. Riley, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), is hosting the release of the NCTAF report, What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching and Learning. The report calls for a new compact with teachers to capitalize on this moment to move toward more engaging and relevant teaching and learning for all students. The event will take place at 101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. RSVP here.

On August 15, EducationCounsel Senior Legal and Policy Advisor Terri Taylor will participate as a guest on Higher Ed Live, a higher ed-focused internet radio show. This episode will focus on the implications of the Supreme Court’s second decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin for colleges and universities that consider race in admission, financial aid and scholarship, and other enrollment policies and practices. RSVP here.


Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8: This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, reviews research on parenting practices and identifies effective practices. The report also provides recommendations on ways that agencies and others can support parents in learning about effective parenting practices.
July 2016

Synthesis of IES-Funded Research on Mathematics: 2002-2013: This synthesis reviews published papers on research supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) made to support mathematics learning and teaching from kindergarten through secondary school.
July 26, 2016

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