Washington Wrap Up – August 14, 2018

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August 14, 2018

The House and Senate were in recess last week. The Senate will return this week, and the House will return the week of September 4.

Late last week a Federal judge upheld his previous order to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and accept new applications.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a letter providing additional information related to guidance from March 2017 on the Title I reservation for homeless children and youths.

ED announced its proposal to rescind gainful employment (GE) regulations. ED intends to publish program level outcomes as part of the College Scorecard.

The Federal Commission on School Safety held a listening session in Wyoming.

Education News Headlines
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Dropping gainful employment means for-profits keep billions in student aid [Inside Higher Ed]

The rising profile of blockchain in academe [Inside Higher Ed]

Kushner team convened higher ed meeting at White House focused on accreditation [Inside Higher Ed]

Common App will no longer ask students about criminal history [The Washington Examiner]

Community College Students and Libraries [Inside Higher Ed]

Enrollment Is Down at Teacher Colleges. So They’re Trying to Change [Education Week]

Study Stresses Crucial Link Between Job Training, Child Care [Education Week]
Urban Institute Report: “Local Workforce Development Boards and Child Care”

Students in Western nations have mixed attitudes on international students [Inside Higher Ed]

Here’s How Colleges Can Get More Involved in Elections — and Not Just in the Midterms [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Living the college dream: high-performing, low-income students reach for the nation’s top colleges [EdSource]

School-Security Companies Are Thriving in the Era of Mass Shootings [The Atlantic]

Trump’s Move to Pull Obama-Era Diversity Guidance for Schools Angers Democrats [Education Week]

Arne Duncan: ‘Everyone Says They Value Education, but Their Actions Don’t Follow’ [The Atlantic]

Cyberattacks During FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Fight? Didn’t Happen, Agency Now Says [Education Week]

Report: Most Transfer Students Leave College Without 2-Year Degree [Inside Higher Ed]
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Report: “Transfer & Mobility – 2018”

Op-Ed: Vocational training should be a priority [The Hill]

Trump Ordered an End to DACA Nearly a Year Ago. Its Future Remains Uncertain [Education Week]

DeVos regulatory framework means less pressure on colleges, tougher standard for student borrowers [Inside Higher Ed]

Timeline for new California online college “aggressive” but doable, says community college chancellor [EdSource]

21st Century Students Deserve 21st Century Career & Technical Education [Every Hour Counts]

Committee News and Schedule, Schedule for House and Senate Floor:
House Education and the Workforce Committee
Press Release: Ranking Member Scott: By Eliminating Gainful Employment Rule, Trump Administration Once Again Puts Profits Above Students and Taxpayers

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Press Release: Murray Statement on DeVos Proposal to Abandon Gainful Employment Rule: “Proof There Is No Line DeVos Won’t Cross to Pad the Pockets of For-Profit Colleges”

Press Release: Murray, DeLauro Question National Institutes of Health on Efforts to Address Harassment in Research Community

U.S. Department of Education and the Administration:
ED Press Release: U.S. Department of Education Proposes Overhaul of Gainful Employment Regulations

DOL Blog: After the Army, a New Career in Tech

Legislative Movement in Congress Last Week:
H.R.6180 — Mental Health Care for Children Inhumanely Separated from Parents by the Federal Government Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44] (Introduced 06/21/2018) Cosponsors: (32)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Judiciary
Latest Action:  House – 08/06/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices:
ED Comment Request: International Resource Information System (IRIS). Comments due October 9, 2018.

DOL Comment Request: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation Evaluation—Site Visit Protocols. Comments due September 10, 2018.

DOL Comment Request: State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) Grants Research Study. Comments due October 9, 2018.

NASA Meeting Notice: Ad Hoc Task Force on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). This meeting will be virtual and will be available telephonically and by WebEx on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., PDT.