Senate Appropriations Committee releases Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education FY 2015 bill and Paul Ryan releases discussion paper that proposes multiple reforms to higher education.
The committee reported that the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) FY 2015 bill represents the “largest share of non-defense discretionary spending, 32 percent of the total.” Some notable higher education programs that experienced funding increases in the LHHS-ED bill include the Pell grant; Adult Basic Education; Perkins CTE; SEOG; Federal Work Study; Strengthening Institutions; and Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions. Click on the following links to view the full committee report and the bill in its entirety.
In addition to the Senate bill, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a report, “Expanding Opportunity in America.” In what Rep. Ryan is referring to as an antipoverty plan, he proposes multiple higher education reforms, which The Chronicle of Higher Education outlined as follows:
· replacing the current patchwork of federal student-aid programs with one grant, one loan, and one work-study program;
· allowing accreditors to recognize specific courses, not just colleges or programs, thereby expanding opportunity;
· creating of a "Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making" that would explore whether, and how, to create a federal clearinghouse that "could link anonymous participants across programs" to provide "a more complete picture" of their effectiveness;
· and consolidating federal job-training programs, merging them into a "flexible" block grant to states.