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Democrats’ Message on Higher Education: We’re Not the GOP

A higher education bill House Democrats will introduce today will serve as both a blueprint and a campaign trail talking point meant to contrast Democratic lawmakers’ plans for higher education with those of their Republican counterparts. The measure from House Democrats on the Education and the Workforce Committee is primarily made of smaller bills Democrats introduced in spring 2017: a program to help states provide free two-year public college, offering students the option of debt-free in-st
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Democrats Prepping Own Higher Education Bill as GOP Stumbles

A group of House Democrats is gearing up to release a higher education reauthorization bill as the Republicans’ attempt to update the law heads back to the drawing board after failing to win enough support in the GOP conference. Democrats could release their bill, which is still being drawn up, as early as July 24, according to lobbyists and advocates who have been briefed on the issue and worked with lawmakers on the bill.
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Education Dept.: Issues Remain with Troubled Accreditor ACICS

Education Department staff recommended top officials deny federal recognition to a troubled college accrediting agency after they found more than 50 areas where the agency was not in compliance with federal law, according to a draft report. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools’s 2017 application to be recognized by the department failed to show it can effectively monitor if colleges it examines comply with the agency’s standards or respond to complaints in a timely manne
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Committee Heads Point Fingers as Higher Education Law Talks Slow

The two senators responsible for updating the higher education law are blaming each other for stalling progress on a bipartisan bill. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said a bill that aims to modernize the federal student loan program and address regulations on colleges wouldn’t be passed this year, calling out lawmakers on the other side of the aisle. “The Democrats won’t do it,” Alexander said
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Student Debt Surprise: How Veterans Get Loans Without Knowing It

Complaints from student veterans collected by Veterans Education Success and analyzed by Yale Law School found financial issues and student loans were the top problems for veterans at several major for-profit schools. That included numerous complaints from students who were told their education would be fully covered through grants, only to discover the school had taken out loans in their name. The problem isn’t limited to for-profit schools. A 2014 Brookings Institution survey of freshman stud
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Bipartisan Talks Begin on Stalled Technical Education Bill

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have re-started negotiations on a stalled career and technical education bill being pushed by the White House and the business community. Alexander and Murray, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, confirmed to Bloomberg Government that they were working on reauthorizing the vocational skills law, formally kno
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Boehner-Championed D.C. School Voucher Program Could Face Cuts

The nation’s only federal school voucher program will offer fewer scholarships to students starting in 2019 unless Congress increases the program’s annual funding as part of the upcoming appropriations process. The program, available only in Washington, D.C, and last authorized by Congress in May 2017, has served as a proxy in a long-standing debate over whether taxpayer dollars should be used to help low-income children at
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Corinthian School Loan Relief Plan Raises Repayment Concerns

From the start, Education Department officials emphasized the new formula was meant to not only provide fair treatment for students, but also ensure students got relief in a timely matter and was fair to the taxpayers ultimately footing the billto forgive the loans, estimated at about $14.9 billion over the next 10 years. Rincon, however, isn’t only concerned about her paycheck. Everest, she said, told one lie after another—first about the cost of attending, then about the value of her degree,