Federal Relations

November 19, 2015

ESEA/NCLB Conference Finished, Vote in House Expected

House and Senate conferees finished their work on an agreement to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law today. Members are hopeful that the conference package can clear both chambers by the end of the year. Both parties have been critical of the last reauthorization law (which renamed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to No…


Moody’s Tuition Survey Assumes New Norm

Declining enrollment, state tuition caps and affordability concerns are among the drivers of what Moody’s Investors Service is calling a “new normal” for U.S. colleges – minimal year-over-year growth in net tuition revenue, or the amount colleges make off tuition after distributing financial aid. Moody’s said in its annual tuition survey that it expects last year’s 2-percent…


What We’re Reading This Week, November 16-20

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Next Steps? – The Senate is having some issues moving forward with the Obamacare repeal. Read more at The Hill.  Rolling Tide Lifts All Boats – University of Alabama has been a football powerhouse since the mid 1960s. First under legendary coach Bear…


November 12, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, November 9-13

Happy Veterans Day Week! Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team enjoyed this week. First Gen – It’s a term that’s used often, “first generation” students, but who are these students and how are schools counting them? More at Inside Higher Education.  Grounded – Speaker Paul Ryan has solicited a lot of information and…


November 6, 2015

Ed Takes Aim at Accreditors

Today, Dept. of Education officials announced a series of actions centering on transparency in an effort to force accreditors to focus more on student outcomes and hold failing colleges accountable. For the most part, the accrediting agencies will not be required to change their practices. Instead, ED hopes to drive change by publishing and disseminating…


November 5, 2015

NDAA Passes in the House

Today the House voted 370-58 to pass the revised fiscal 2016 defense authorization measure (S 1356) under suspension of the rules, an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. A vote to override the president’s veto was slated for Thursday, but scrapped in favor of the new bill after House and Senate negotiators…


What We’re Reading This Week, November 2-6

It’s a balmy 70-something degrees in the nation’s capital…in November, but that hasn’t stopped the news cycle! Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week. #Fail – Despite pouring millions of his vast personal fortune into politics, mega-donor Charles Koch said he and his brother David are “so far … largely failures at”…


October 30, 2015

Senate Passes Budget Around 3 am

The Senate cleared a bipartisan budget and debt limit accord early Friday morning which would send the legislation to the President’s desk. Roughly 72 hours after it was unveiled and buying roughly two years of relative budgetary stability after months of partisan sniping on spending, the Senate passed HR1314 shortly after 3 am. The House…


What We’re Reading This Week, October 26-30

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Mic Drop – Speaker John Boehner has orchestrated an impressive exit package: he’s raised the debt limit until March 2017, he’s lifted budget caps until September 2017, he’s pass a transportation reauthorization, and has generally set the House up for an exponentially…


Senate Approves Budget Deal, Sends to President to Sign

Just after 3:00am Eastern, the Senate approved the two-year budget deal that the House agreed to on Wednesday without changes. With the deal headed to Obama’s desk — where he’s expected to sign it — lawmakers will now turn their attention to passing either 12 individual spending bills or one large omnibus bill.


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