By Teri Lyn Hinds, October 26, 2017
No matter your position, title, or area of expertise, as a student affairs professional there are a myriad of ways you can – and should – engage in public policy conversations for the benefit of you, your students, and your institution. While advocacy in public policy can seem like a tricky topic, in this post NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, will lay out some key terms and specific examples of how both individuals and institutions can engage in advocacy.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, October 23, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos put forth an additional delay on the implementation of the Obama-Era borrower defense rule this past week, which would prevent it from going into effect until the rule is rewritten entirely. In the original pushback, the rule was delayed until July 1, 2018 and is now proposed to be delayed until July 1, 2019. In response, Democratic Senator Patty Murray stated, ““Given the significant number of former for-profit college executives employed by the Department of Education, it’s no surprise Secretary DeVos is doubling down on her commitment to put corporations’ bottoms lines ahead of students and borrowers’ best interests," she said. "Instead of giving predatory corporations the green light to continue to take advantage of students, Secretary DeVos needs to stop these outrageous delays and start providing relief to the tens of thousands of students who have been cheated out of their education and savings.”
By American Council on Education, October 23, 2017
The Senate has finally passed a budget resolution for FY 2018, and has been viewed as a vehicle to pass tax reform. Tax reform affects higher education through pending changes to tax provisions which act as a form of financial aid to low-income students and families, tax credit research dollars, and charitable giving incentives. The House will take up the Senate measure, and the Senate measure has fewer specified spending cuts that would affect programs overseen by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
By Ben Miller, October 24, 2017
This report proposes and discusses seven pillars on improving federal accountability in the creation of new higher education legislation and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Principles include:
By Miriam Valverde, October 30, 2017
President Trump gave a speech on October 26, declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. Under this status the federal government has more power to increase resources and funding to address the emergency, collaborate with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to increase access to treatment, and increase discretionary options within HIV and AIDS programs. President Trump also announced that a new policy will expand treatment options at those facilities restricted by a 1970s-era rule. While Trump was expected to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, officials argued that this definition would have been too broad and was inappropriate for the nature of this crisis.
While the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has been watching for movement of TX HB 46 and TX HB 50 during Texas Special Session, both failed to move forward by the end date of 8/16/2017. 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 was identical except applying only to a school district board. In the past few months other states have retreated from the conversation. Additional bills of this kind are unlikely to be introduced during the 2016-2017 legislative session.
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 was approved by the Governor on 10/05/2017.
Guns on Campus:
Upwards of 17 states are considering legislation concerning guns on campus during the current session. In the 43 pieces of legislation the Policy and Advocacy Team is tracking, 18 bills are pending, 20 have failed, and 6 have been enacted, in AR, GA, OK and TX. GA HB 280 went into effect on 07/01/2017. TX SB 11 which will allow anyone over 21 with a gun license to conceal carry was enacted on 08/16/2017. CA AB 424 enacted by the Governor on 10/14/2017.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) (Introduced 10/19/2017)
-Committees: House-Education and the Workforce
-Latest Action: 10/19/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
The American Apprenticeship Act is bipartisan legislation that would provide funding to states to provide financial assistance to participants in pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs.
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-CA) (Introduced 10/27/2017)
-Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
-Latest Action: 10/27/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
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