By ACE and 18 other Associations including NASPA, July 17, 2017
These comments to the Senate Finance Committee are made in response to a call for stakeholders to submit ideas by Committee Chair Orrin Hatch.
By ACE and 20 other Associations including NASPA, July 19, 2017
Higher education associations write to express views on the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill under consideration by your committee.
By Diana Ali, July 21, 2017
At least 21 states provide in-state tuition for undocumented students either at the state or institutional level, however recently proposed legislation in some states would rescind these policies. NASPA Policy Analyst, Diana Ali provides background on current in-state tuition policies and an in-depth analysis of 2017 state legislative sessions as they draw to a close.
By Andrew Edwards, July 19, 2017
A part of the mounting free-speech debate on college campuses, the reinstatement of Cal State anthropology professor Eric Canin is making headlines after a five month long suspension from work. Canin engaged with counter protesters who came out to a campus movement regarding the introduction of the Travel Ban Executive Order in February. The College Republicans were carrying signs that Canin interpreted to as racist memes including Pepe the Frog and Harambe. Video footage captured Canin’s open hand coming into contact with the chest of a student and being restrained by protest participants. However, after undergoing investigation, the Orange County District Attorney’s office did not find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Canin had committed any crime and will continue working at the university moving forward.
By Alanna Vagianos, July 20, 2017
Twenty state attorneys general have published an open letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos after she confirmed last week intent to rollback Title IX protections. The letter was co-signed by state attorneys general from the following states: Pennsylvania, Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Hawaii. The Department of Education has already started loosening previous guidance through making the sexual assault investigation process less transparent, and the Office for Civil Rights faces potential cuts in funding.
By Julissa Arce, July 21, 2017
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL) introduced the DREAM Act of 2017 on July 19, bringing the immigration conversation back towards that of bipartisan solutions. A recent poll released by Morning Consult and Politico states that 78% of American voters support a path to citizenship for Dreamer, which includes 73% of individuals who voted for Trump. As the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is once again under attack through the pressure of a lawsuit spearheaded by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the DREAM Act may provide a permanent solution to concerns regarding the protection of Dreamers. A 2016 Center for American Progress study estimates that ending DACA would reduce the nation’s GDP by $433.4 billion over a decade.
By Rick Seltzer, July 24, 2017
Inside Higher Ed reports that for every $1000 cut from per-student state and local appropriations, the average student can expect to pay $257 more per year in tuition and fees. However, the effects of state funding cuts on colleges and universities has been debated across the aisle. While left-wing advocates attribute tuition hikes to state and local budget cuts, right-wing thinkers often argue that college tuition is more correlated with rising labor costs than state funding. However, a new report put out by Economics of Education Review finds a correlation with appropriations cutes and tuition rates. The research indicates that students are taking on more of the cost of state funding cuts in recent years than they were decades ago. The correlation has increased, for example from 29.8 percent in 2000 to 41.2 percent in 2008. However, analysts still wonder why if appropriations cuts really drive tuition higher, the pass-through rate isn’t 100 percent.
In the past few weeks we have seen a rising debate in Texas through the anticipated re-introduction of anti-trans legislation in the July Special Session. Special Session is scheduled to start on July 18 and bills TX HB 46 and TX HB 50 have been filed. These bills mimic failed legislation HB 2899, a slightly more lenient form of the original TX SB 6 Bathroom Bill. TX HB 46 would forbid “political subdivisions, including a public school district” from adopting or enforcing measures to “protect a class of persons from discrimination” in regulating “access to multi-occupancy restrooms, showers or changing facilities.” HB 50 is identical except applying only to a school district board. In the past few months other states have retreated from the conversation. So far, 16 states have introduced bathroom bills during the 2017-2018 state legislative sessions. Legislation has failed in AL, AR, KY, MT, SD, VA, and WY. TX HB 46 and TX HB 50 were read for the first time in Special Session on 07/20/2017.
In the past few months, we have seen 11 states consider 18 pieces of anti-sanctuary legislation that would affect college campuses. 6 states have introduced (pro) sanctuary legislation that extends to college campuses. Of this legislation, 9 pieces have failed, and 15 are pending, and 4 have been enacted. PA HB 14 was removed from the table on 06/22/2017. CA SB 54, a statewide sanctuary bill is in Assembly and was amended and passed the Committee on Judiciary and was re-referred to the Committee on Appropriation on 07/10/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Upwards of 17 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus during the current session. In the 40 pieces of legislation the Policy and Advocacy Team is tracking, 16 bills are pending, 20 have failed, and 4 have been enacted, in AR, GA, and OK. GA HB 280 went into effect on 07/01/2017. CA AB 424 was ordered to a second reading by the Committee on Appropriations on 07/10/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) (Introduced 07/20/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means
-Latest Action: 07/20/2017 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
-Primary Sponsors: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
-Latest Action: Introduced to the Senate on 07/19/2017, bill text availability to the public in progress
The Dream Act would allow these young people to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship if they:
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