May 8, 2018, 10 a.m. EST, 2175 Rayburn House Office Building or Live Stream
The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will be holding the hearing “Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act”
By Jill Dunlap, Director for Research and Practice, May 4, 2018
This blog posts describes the challenges facing transgender student protections at the federal and state level, and the ways that NASPA is helping student affairs practitioners in continuing to support transgender students in spite of these challenges.
By Ronald Brownstein, May 3, 2018
Last year, public institutions of higher education received most of their revenue from tuition as opposed to the federal government. This increasing reliance on tuition over tax dollars, comes at the same time that the demographic of prospective students is the most diverse it’s ever been. This means that higher education is requiring more of historically vulnerable students. According to a new State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) report, the biggest state cutbacks have occurred in states with high levels of racial diversity and a Republican controlled congress.
By Scott Jaschik, May 4, 2018
Students at Swathmore College held a sit-in this past week to address issues relating to sexual assault on campus and the structure of Title IX. College President, Valerie Smith, sent out a message to students and faculty confirming the college’s support to sexual assault and handing cases of sexual assault.
By Stanley Kurtz, May 7, 2018
This past week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law aimed at protecting campus free speech, which was based on model legislation provided by Arizona’s Goldwater Institute. The law requires that universities remain neutral on public policy controversies, aims to discipline students who engage in guestspeaker shut-down actions, discourages security fees which may prevent speakers from being able to present, and creates an oversight system through the Board of Regents. Both Arizona and North Carolina have passed laws based on the Goldwater model. This kind of legislation has been popping up since around 2014 with a rising controversy concerning student protests and canceled campus guest speakers.
By Elly Yu, May 7, 2018
Today, the Georgia Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from immigrant students seeking to pay in-state tuition at Georgia public colleges and universities. This past fall, the court reversed a lower court’s decision allowing in-state tuition for Georgia residents with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, following the Trump administration’s announcement of the expiration of DACA in September. The students argued that while they don’t have “legal status” they have “lawful presence” under DACA, but the appeal was turned now. The students intend to continue to fight for their right to receive in-state tuition.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 20 bills across 11 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. HI HB 1489, which was passed after a final reading in the House on 05/03/2018, will extend anti-discrimination protections in any educational program or activity that relates to state financial assistance to gender identity.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team has seen movement on 25 bills across 14 states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. NH SB 525, which was referred for interim study on 05/02/2018, would prohibit the distribution of adult education financial assistance to any student who is not a legal resident. CA AB 3008, which was referred to the Appropriations Committee on 05/02/2018, would continue to expand in-state tuition access to undocumented residents of California attending public university. CT SB 4, which was enacted and transmitted to the Secretary of State on 05/03/2018, will assist students without legal immigration status with the cost of college.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 29 bills across 15 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. NH SB 525, which has passed the Senate and is under a motion to suspend Joint Rule 4(k) to allow consideration adopted as of 04/27/2018, would require the state to recognize all concealed carry permits issued by other states. LA HB 602, which passed the House and was received in the Senate on 05/03/2018, would allow for campus carry with those with concealed carry permits at K-12 and postsecondary institutions.
-Primary Sponsors: Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
-Latest Action: Introduced to the House on 07/26/2017, added a new Republican co-sponsor Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL) on 04/27/2018. The House DREAM Act now has 201 co-sponsors.
The DREAM Act would allow these young people to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they:
-A Notice by the Education Department on 05/03/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “Under the Defraying Costs of Enrolling Displaced Students Program (DCEDS Program or DCEDS), we will award grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help defray their unexpected expenses associated with enrolling displaced students from IHEs at which operations have been disrupted by a covered disaster or emergency (“qualifying displaced students”), namely Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in calendar year 2017 for which the President declared a major disaster or emergency under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 and 5191) (“covered disaster or emergency”).”
-A Notice by the Education Department, the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Health and Human Services Department on 05/03/2018
-Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
Summary: “On November 18, 2015, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) published a final rule in the Federal Register titled “Final Rules for Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act” (the November 2015 final rule), regarding, in part, the coverage of emergency services by non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage, including the requirement that non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage limit cost-sharing for out-of-network emergency services and, as part of that rule, pay at least a minimum amount for out-of-network emergency services. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, which on August 31, 2017 granted in part and denied in part without prejudice ACEP's motion for summary judgment and remanded the case to the Departments to respond to the public comments from ACEP and others. In response, the Departments are issuing this notice of clarification to provide a more thorough explanation of the Departments' decision not to adopt recommendations made by ACEP and certain other commenters in the November 2015 final rule.”
-A Notice by the Education Department on 05/01/2018
-Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “The AAEDD program, which is part of the AAE program, is authorized under title IV, part F, subpart 4 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In general, the purpose of the AAE program is to promote arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities. The AAEDD program specifically supports the development and dissemination of accessible instructional materials and arts-based educational programming, including online resources, in multiple arts disciplines that effectively (1) increase access to standards-based arts education; (2) integrate standards-based arts education into other subjects; and (3) improve students' academic performance, including their knowledge and skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts.”
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