Shawn DeVeau, KC Liaison to the Public Policy Division, May 22, 2017
In this post Shawn DeVeau, Knowledge Community (KC) Liaison to the Public Policy Division, provides an update on current revisions underway to NASPA's Public Policy Agenda.
By Elizabeth Mann and Molly E. Reynolds, May 12, 2017
The MacArthur Amendment both contradicts expectations of congressional behavior and differs from other legislation that create waivers around federal healthcare policy. First, a number of Republican Representatives voted in favor of the amendment, even though they represented states with Democratic governors unlikely to seek waivers. Next, other waiver-based policies have been instituted to foster state-level policy innovation rather than to push forward policymaking. If the amendment remains in the Senate, it will remain an unusual policy moving forward.
By Chris Quintana and Andy Thomason, May 15, 2017
A number of states have recently introduced bills modeled off of legislation designed by the Goldwater Institute. This legislation prohibits the creation of free-speech zones and incorporates broader definitions of freedom of expression. This article details examples of this free speech legislation in 10 states.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, May 16, 2017
Recent bipartisan legislation seeks to allow for a federal data system that would track employment and graduation outcomes for college students. This kind of system has been previously banned, specifically in the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act due to privacy concerns, but proponents on both sides of the aisle insist that this form of data tracking could significantly improve opportunities and outcomes regarding school choice.
By Paul Fain, May 17, 2017
Head of the House education committee, Representative Virginia Foxx, spoke at the American Enterprise Institute last week on the introduction of legislation that would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The bill has bipartisan support, in an effort to dispel stigma around the value of career education in place of a four-year degree. The legislation would improve Career Technical Education programs and aim to shuttle graduates into growing technical fields. In a similar vein, the Trump administration has supported career education, calling for the creation of five million apprenticeships.
By NASFAA, May 2017
Abstract: As a performance-based organization (PBO), the Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) is required by law to, among other things, seek to improve customer satisfaction and provide high quality, cost-effective services. In this white paper, NASFAA takes a critical eye to FSA's operations and — after benchmarking it against other federal PBOs, interviewing former federal officials and employees, and examining complaints from federal partners, Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and other federal watchdog groups — concludes organizational and structural changes are needed in order to help FSA meet its congressionally mandated objectives as a PBO. In spirit of improvement and partnership, the report outlines several recommendations to strengthen accountability and transparency at FSA. NASFAA has a vested interest in the success of FSA and these recommendations, while put forth by the financial aid community, are designed to improve a results-oriented organization that serves students, stakeholders, and taxpayers.
By ED Press Office, May 19, 2017
This press release announces an amendment to the federal loan servicing process in which contracts will be awarded to just one of either: the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Navient, or GreatNet. While Secretary DeVos claims that the amendment is designed to further protect student borrowers, advocates are skeptical as to the protective impact of creating a single student loan servicer program.
This past week, we have not seen much movement regarding discriminatory “bathroom” legislation. So far, 16 states have introduced bathroom bills during the 2017-2018 state legislative sessions. Legislation has failed in AR, KY, MT, AR, SD, VA, and WY. MO HB 745 and MO HB 202 were referred to the committees on Local, State, Federal Relations and Miscellaneous Business on 05/12/2017.
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 sanctuary legislation that extends to college campuses. Of this legislation, 6 pieces have failed, and 16 are pending, and 3 have been enacted. CA SB 54 was referred to the committees on Public Safety and the Judiciary on 05/18/2017. IL HB 3739 added co-sponsor Representative Camille Y. Lilly on 05/19/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Upwards of 15 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus during the current session. In the 30 pieces of legislation the Policy and Advocacy Team is tracking, 20 bills are pending, 6 have failed, and 4 have been enacted, all in GA. During the past week, all AR legislation not currently enacted died in committee at the end of the AR legislative session on 05/01/2017. CA AB 424 was read a third time and amended on 05/11/2017. GA HB 280 will be put into effect on 07/01/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) (Introduced 05/16/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce, Budget
-Latest Action: 05/16/2017 Referred to the House Budget
This legislation works to restructure the Pell Grant Program in a number of ways to make assistance more comprehensive for a diversity of recipients including: low-income and first generation students, defrauded students, DACA recipients, formerly incarcerated individuals, adult-learners, and other students on nontraditional pathways.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) (Introduced 05/04/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce
-Latest Action: 05/17/2017 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote
This legislation works to reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.
-Primary Sponsor: Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME) (Introduced 05/18/2017)
-Committees: Senate-Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
-Latest Action: 05/18/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions