Federal Relations

October 2, 2015

Arne Duncan to Step Down in December

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will step down at the end of December. He was one the last remaining original cabinet appointees and will have served six years. His family recently returned to Chicago, where Duncan ran public schools for several years before his appointment as Secretary of Education. During his tenure,…

September 29, 2015

NEH Turns 50

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) turns fifty today and is kicking off a year long celebration. Fifty years ago, on September 29, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 at a White House Rose Garden ceremony. The law created the National Endowment…

September 24, 2015

Perkins Deal Reached

The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the Perkins program, which is set to expire in less than one week. On the House side, Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced bi-partisan legislation extending the authorization of the Perkins Loan Program, which is similar to a measure the duo introduced in…

September 14, 2015

College Scorecard Back in Spotlight

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration had two major announcements for higher ed, first the new College Scorecard and the inclusion of Prior Prior Year for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Scorecard The Administration launched their new College Scorecard, which rather than rank colleges as previously attempted, incorporates numbers new data points…

July 29, 2015

Senate HELP Hearing on Sexual Assault

The Senate HELP Committee’s will hold another hearing related to the Higher Education Act reauthorization today. This hearing will focus on combating campus sexual assault. Sexual assault is one of four key areas for which Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) established staff working groups to guide the committee’s reauthorization process.  Sen. Alexander is in…

July 27, 2015

ED Secretary Duncan Outlines HEA Agenda

At a speech today at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Education Secretary Arne Duncan outlined the Administration’s priorities for a higher education reauthorization.The bulk of the remarks focused on affordability, which has been a focus for the Obama Administration for nearly his whole tenure. Secretary Duncan reiterated the dual goals of paying for college…

July 20, 2015

Senate Hearing on HEA

The Senate will be holding a hearing on the HEA this Wednesday entitled Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities within Innovation. The hearing will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 22. Watch the hearing here. 

July 16, 2015

Senate Passes ESEA

Today, the Senate finished its debate and votes on amendments to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In total, of the 79 amendments that were voted on, 66 were adopted and 13 failed. The Senate has passed a bipartisan overhaul of the long-expired No Child…

July 10, 2015

White House Memo on Science Priorities for FY2017

The White House’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Shaun Donovan, and OSTP Director, John Holdren, sent their annual joint FY2017 priorities memo to the science agency heads. The memo urges agency leaders to take the priorities into consideration as they begin to prepare their FY2017 budget proposals for OMB.  Per the memo, “Agency proposals…

July 9, 2015

House Turns to 21st Century Cures

The House will consider HR 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The bipartisan bill modifies current federal processes involving medical research, developing drugs and other treatments, and testing and approving those drugs and treatments in an effort to accelerate the development and delivery of cures to diseases and medical conditions. It reauthorizes the National Institutes of…

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