Washington Wrap Up – November 3, 2020

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November 3, 2020

The Senate on Monday confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court by a 52-48 vote.

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert “Bobby” C. Scott (D-VA) released documents asserting that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) delayed action on releasing a web-based tool that would streamline the process for individuals to file borrower defense to repayment claims.

The Deputy Secretary of ED released a letter last week explaining that the Department would not administer a sanction recommended by ED staff regarding the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)’s accrediting authority but that HLC would be subject to continued monitoring.

ED released a new Parent and Family digital learning guide.

The Office of Federal Student Aid announced changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and a new, single PSLF form.

The Nation’s Report Card released 2019 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Results at Grade 12.

Education News Headlines
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How would Biden’s immigration proposals affect international students? [Education Dive]

How has the Trump administration changed higher education? [Education Dive]

Trump’s 2016 Victory Sparked Unrest on College Campuses. What Might 2020 Bring? [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Trump Picked a Fight With Higher Ed. It’s Still Learning to Punch Back. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Where Trump and Biden stand on education issues [Education Dive]

20 State and Local Ballot Measures That Could Help Shape Education, from Legalizing Marijuana to Allowing
The College Degree Is Dividing America [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Survey: Students Are Anxious but Not Seeking Colleges’ Help [Inside Higher Ed]

Proposed Rule Would Overhaul H-1B Visa Allocations [Inside Higher Ed]

Biden said he wants to undo DeVos’ Title IX rule. How would he replace it? [Education Dive]

What Higher Ed Has Learned From Covid-19 So Far [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

Racial Equity in Funding for Higher Ed [Inside Higher Ed]

State community college leaders say more federal aid is crucial [Education Dive]

House Democrats introduce bill to invest $900 billion in STEM research and education [The Hill]

House Democrats Charge Ed Dept. Concealed Actions [Inside Higher Ed]

Complex laws and a pandemic create obstacles for students seeking to vote [Inside Higher Ed]

California student activists push to lower voting age to advocate for change [EdSource]

Air Purifiers, Fans, and Filters: A COVID-19 Explainer for Schools  [Education Week]

4 upcoming Supreme Court cases will reveal who Amy Coney Barrett really is [Vox]

Committee News and Schedule, Schedule for House and Senate Floor:
Speaker of the House
Press Release: Pelosi Remarks on Press Call Unveiling New Report on Trump Administration’s Failed Pandemic Response

Senate Majority Leader
Press Release: “McConnell on The Guy Benson Show”

House Education and Labor Committee 
Press Release: New Documents Show Department of Education Froze Tool to Help Defrauded Student Borrowers

Press Release: Save Education Jobs Act of 2020: What People Are Saying

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 
Press Release: Alexander: Trump Administration Doing the Right Thing By Providing Free COVID-19 Vaccines for Tens of Millions of Americans Including Seniors and Low-Income Families

House Committee on Appropriations
Press Release: Lowey, Lee, and Fellow Appropriators Urge Administration to Rescind Order Pausing Diversity and Inclusion Training Programs at State Department and USAID

U.S. Department of Education and the Administration:
White House Press Release: President Donald J. Trump Is Protecting America’s Founding Ideals by Promoting Patriotic Education

DOL Press Release: American Workers Come First, Trump Administration Launches ‘Engaging As One Workforce For America’ Initiative

ED Press Release: Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on The Nation’s Report Card Results for 12th Graders

IES Report: “2019 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Assessments: Highlighted Results at Grade 12 for the Nation”

Legislative Movement in Congress Last Week:
H.R.8705 — To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to institutions of higher education to develop programs and materials to educate students who have a substance use disorder on treatment options for such disorder, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4] (Introduced 10/30/2020) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action:  House – 10/30/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Press Release: Rep. Dean Introduces Education for New Dispositions on Stigma (END Stigma) Act

H.R.8715 — To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education to make public a plan for the continuation of education during a public health emergency.
Sponsor: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 10/30/2020) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action:  House – 10/30/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Press Release: Rep. Payne, Jr. Wants a Federal Plan for Education during a Public Health Crisis

H.R.8689 — To award funds to States and local areas for public, subsidized employment programs for youth.
Sponsor: Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11] (Introduced 10/27/2020) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture; Education and Labor
Latest Action:  House – 10/27/2020 Referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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…
Press Release: Fudge, Kaptur Introduce Connecting Youth to Jobs Act

H.R.8691 — To authorize the establishment of an Education Jobs Fund to retain and create education jobs in communities most impacted by COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] (Introduced 10/27/2020) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action:  House – 10/27/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Press Release: Hayes Introduces Legislation To Save Nearly 4 Million Education Jobs, Spur Economic Growth In The Wake Of Covid-19 Pandemic

H.R.8698 — To amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that disparate impacts on certain populations constitute a sufficient basis for rights of action under such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13] (Introduced 10/27/2020) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Education and Labor; Judiciary
Latest Action:  House – 10/27/2020 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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…
Press Release: Tlaib Introduces Historic Legislation Restoring Original Intent, Expanding Protections of Civil Rights Laws

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices:
ED Comment Request: Education Stabilization Fund—Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) Recipient Data Collection Form. Comments due on or before December 2, 2020. 

ED Comment Request: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Data Collection Form.Comments due on or before December 2, 2020.