E-Update for the Week of August 22, 2022

Highlights:

On August 12, Democratic and Republican leaders on the relevant education committees in the House and Senate submitted official comments on USED’s proposed changes to existing federal student loan discharge programs.
On August 16, President Biden signed H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act.
On August 17, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid published a new fact sheet with an overview about the Fresh Start initiative, announced in April 2022 as a way to eliminate the negative effects of default for borrowers with defaulted federal student loans.

Administration:
White House:
President Biden signs H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: On August 16, President Biden signed H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act, after it passed in the Senate last week on a 51-50 vote. The Senate vote followed lengthy negotiations on a budget reconciliation package that initially sought to advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, which included investments in education and child care. The final bill was scaled back to primarily include efforts to encourage and support renewable energy and address climate change, a new minimum tax on […]

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E-Update for the Week of August 15, 2022

Highlights:

On August 9, President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS-Plus Act, which authorizes funding for the National Science Foundation over five years and includes support for STEM education.
On August 11, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) hosted the Raise the B.A.R. (Bold + Action + Results) in College Excellence and Equity Summit, where USED Secretary Miguel Cardona announced his goals for the future of higher education and $5 million in funds to support a new College Completion Fund for Postsecondary Success (also known as Postsecondary Success grants).
On August 11, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced updated COVID-19 guidance, changing recommendations for quarantining and testing, which will allow students to remain in the classroom if exposed to the virus.

Administration:
CDC updates COVID-19 guidance to lessen required testing and quarantines for students: On August 11, the CDC announced updated COVID-19 guidance, revising recommendations for quarantining and testing. Specifically, the new guidance does not recommend that people who are exposed to COVID quarantine at home, regardless of their vaccination status. This applies to staff and students in school settings, making it possible […]

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E-Update for the Week of August 8, 2022

Note: With limited Congressional activity throughout the month of August, EducationCounsel may send E-Update on a reduced schedule. The information covered below is from July 29 through August 4. 
Highlights:

On July 29, the White House announced actions that the Biden-Harris Administration is taking aimed at strengthening school-based mental health services and addressing the youth mental health crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
On August 1, Democratic Members of Congress, led by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), wrote to USED urging the Department to issue guidance to ensure that funding from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is used to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments and not to increase discipline or criminalization of marginalized student populations.
On August 2, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and 64 House Democrats filed an amicus brief in the case of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College.

Administration:
White House:
White House announces actions to address the youth mental health crisis: On July 29, the White House announced two new actions that the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to strengthen […]

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E-Update for the Week of August 1, 2022

 As EducationCounsel’s E-Update was not published on July 25, this E-Update includes information from July 15 through July 29.
Highlights:

On July 19, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued guidance aimed at helping schools support students with disabilities and avoid discriminatory use of discipline.
On July 26, USED released the second of two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would strengthen the “90/10” rule for for-profit colleges, clarify procedures for institutions undergoing changes in ownership, and extend Pell Grants to incarcerated individuals.
On July 27 and July 28, the Senate and House, respectively, passed the bipartisan CHIPS-Plus bill, sending it to the President who is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

Budget & Appropriations:
Democratic leaderships of the Senate Appropriations Committee releases the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Senate Appropriations Bills: On July 28, the Democratic leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee released its FY2023 Senate Appropriations bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) Appropriations bill and report. The FY2023 Senate Labor/HHS bill proposes $83.4 billion for USED, which is $7 billion above the FY2022 level […]

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E-Update for the Week of July 18, 2022

Highlights:

On July 11, the White House hosted an event to commemorate the signing of S.2938, the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” which includes several provisions related to firearms and firearms safety, as well as resources to support school climate and safety improvement.
On July 12, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released a Notice Inviting Applications for the Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) grant program.
On July 14, USED announced the Engage Every Student Initiative, which will help education leaders ensure that every child has access to high-quality summer programming and other out-of-school time (OST) opportunities.

Administration:
National Park Service (NPS) announces $9.7 million to preserve Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): On July 8, NPS announced $9.7 million in grants will be issued to preserve 21 historic structures on HBCU campuses. The grant program funds projects that include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, campus preservation plans, and National Register nominations. North Carolina A&T State University, Mississippi Industrial College, and Selma University are among recipients of this year’s programs, all of which are using funds to preserve historical structures on […]

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E-Update for the Week of July 11, 2022

Highlights:

On July 5, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released its final priorities, definitions and selection criteria for the Charter Schools Program (CSP).
On July 5, the Biden Administration launched the “National Partnership for Student Success,” a new coalition of education and service organizations that will support the expansion, launch and improvement of high-impact tutoring, mentoring and other programs.
On July 6, USED released the first of two notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing changes to existing federal student loan discharge programs, including Borrower Defense to Repayment (BD), Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, Closed School Discharge, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Administration:
U.S. Department of Education (USED):
USED releases final priorities, definitions, and selection criteria for the Charter Schools Program (CSP):  On July 5, USED released its final priorities, definitions and selection criteria for the CSP.  In addition to the final rules, the Department also published notices inviting applications (NIAs) for the CSP Grants to State Entities competition, the Charter School Developers for the Opening of New Charter Schools competition, and the Replication and Expansion of High-Quality Charter Schools competition. In March, the […]

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E-Update for the Week of July 4, 2022

Highlights:

On June 24, the House passed two bills that support mental health services for students in higher education.
On June 27, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of Joseph Kennedy, a high school football coach who lost his job because of his post-game prayers at the 50-yard line.
On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) funding bill.

Budget & Appropriations:
House Appropriations Committee approves FY2023 Labor/HHS funding bill: On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee advanced the FY2023 Labor/HHS funding bill by a 32 to 24 party line vote. The package includes increased funding for child care, Head Start, and preschool development grants, including $7.2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and $12.4 billion for Head Start. Programs that increase access to postsecondary education also saw increases, including an $500 increase to the maximum Pell grant and $1.1 billion to assist primarily Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). During the markup, Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a manager’s amendment […]

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E-Update for the Week of June 27, 2022

Highlights:

On June 23, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released a notice of proposed rulemaking related (NPRM) to Title IX.
On June 24, by a vote of 234 to 193, the House passed S.2938, which serves as a vehicle for bipartisan gun safety legislation, known as the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.” The measure – which passed the Senate by a vote of 65 to 33 on June 23 – will now move to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.
On June 23, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved by a partisan voice vote its fiscal year (FY) 2023 Labor/HHS Appropriations bill.

Administration:
U.S. Department of Education (USED):
USED releases Spring 2022 Unified Agenda, including announcement of the delay in expected release of the Gainful Employment rule until April 2023: On June 21, the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released USED’s Spring 2022 Unified Agenda, which provides the most up-to-date look at the Department’s plans for issuing proposed and final regulations. Of most consequence was the disclosure that USED no longer […]

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E-Update for the Week of June 20, 2022

Highlights:

On June 12, a bipartisan group of 20 Senators announced a deal on a gun control package “framework,” as members are continuing work to draft legislative text.
On June 14, the U.S. Department of Education (USED), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), published a letter to state, territorial, tribal, and local policymakers with targeted recommendations to support equitable social-emotional development in early education environments.
On June 15, the White House held an event to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which allowed eligible immigrants, who came to the U.S. unlawfully as children, protection from deportation and permission to work.

Administration:
White House:
White House celebrates ten-year anniversary of the DACA policy: On June 15, the White House held an event to commemorate the contributions of DACA recipients, or “Dreamers,” and reaffirm its commitment to preserving this policy. Additionally, the White House used the event to call on Congress to pass legislation to provide lasting protections to Dreamers. In its release, the White House stated […]

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E-Update for the Week of June 13, 2022

Highlights:

On June 9, U.S. Department of Education (USED) Secretary Miguel Cardona delivered an address to outline his vision for how the nation can support teachers across the country and elevate the teaching profession.
On June 8, the House passed a wide-ranging package of gun control measures, H.R. 7910, the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” by a vote of 223 to 204. Additionally, on June 9, the House passed H.R. 2377, the “Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021,” which would establish procedures for federal courts to issue federal extreme risk protection orders (also known as “Red Flags”), by a vote of 224 to 202.
On June 7, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the FY2023 President’s budget request for USED, during which the Subcommittee heard testimony from USED Secretary Cardona.

Budget & Appropriations:
House sets $1.6 trillion budget ceiling for fiscal year (FY) 2023; Plan for House consideration of FY2023 Appropriations bills announced: On June 8, the House adopted a $1.6 trillion top-line discretionary spending total (also known as […]

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