Washington Wrap Up – November 10, 2020

Below is an abridged version of RAMC’s weekly Washington Wrap Up. Find out more about Wrap Up and other RAMC resources here.

November 10, 2020

Election results are still being finalized for various States, including the battleground State of Georgia. At the time of this writing CNN has projected Vice President Biden the winner of 290 electoral college points and President Trump the winner of 214 electoral college points. Pending the results of two runoff elections in January for the two Georgia Senate seats, Republicans are expected to maintain control of the Senate and Democrats are projected to keep control of the House of Representatives with a reduced majority.

President Trump issued an executive order to establish the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.

The Trump Administration launched the “Engaging as One Workforce for America” initiative.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule which would change the way H-1B Visas are allocated.

Education News Headlines
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DeLauro racks up labor endorsements for Appropriations gavel [The Hill]

Uncertainty over Senate control and higher education [Inside Higher Ed]

Makeup of Senate Means Biden Will Likely Lack Votes and ‘Big Buckets of Funding’ for Expansive Education Agenda [The74million.org]

What Biden presidency could bring for higher education [Inside Higher Ed]

For his tuition-free college plans and more money for poor school districts, Biden needs Congress on board [POLITICO]

How a GOP-Controlled Senate Could Affect Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary [Education Week]

Linda Darling-Hammond rejects possible consideration as Secretary of Education in Biden cabinet [EdSource]

Thanksgiving Will Soon Empty Campuses. Will Students Bring Coronavirus Home? [The New York Times]

Court hears another attempt at ending affirmative action, this time at UNC-Chapel Hill [Education Dive]

President-elect Joe Biden’s expansive education agenda expected to draw greater scrutiny [EdSource]

Will federal relief for colleges come before more budget cuts do? [Education Dive]

Results for bonds and new revenue for community colleges [Inside Higher Ed]

How higher education issues and leadership fared at the polls [Education Dive]

Ed Dept flags more issues with for-profit accreditor ACICS [Education Dive]

Op-Ed: Community Colleges and the Path Toward Racial Healing [Inside Higher Ed]

7 charts that give a snapshot of college enrollment this fall [Education Dive]

Committee News and Schedule, Schedule for House and Senate Floor:
The Senate resumed session on Monday, November 10. House is recess until November 16.  

Speaker of the House
Press Release: Pelosi Statement on Historic Election of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

House Education and Labor Committee
Press Release: Chairman Scott to Trump Administration: Preserve Records to Ensure Smooth Transition to Biden Administration

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions 
Press Release: Murray Praises Incoming Biden Administration For Announcing COVID-19 Advisers; Lays Out COVID-19 Priorities & Continues Call For Serious Relief Package

Senate Appropriations Committee 
Press Release: Committee Releases FY21 Bills in Effort to Advance Process, Produce Bipartisan Results

U.S. Department of Education and the Administration:
ED Press Release: Secretary DeVos Opens Nominations for Second Annual Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

DOL Press Release: ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts To Help American Workers And Employers During The Coronavirus Pandemic

White House Press Release: Proclamation on National Apprenticeship Week, 2020

NCES Blog: NCES Releases First-Ever Response Process Dataset—A Rich New Resource for Researchers

Legislative Movement in Congress Last Week:
H.R.8294 — National Apprenticeship Act of 2020
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53] (Introduced 09/17/2020) Cosponsors: (44)
Committees: House – Education and Labor; Judiciary
Latest Action:  House – 11/09/2020 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 465.

S.4800 — A bill to provide Coronavirus relief.
Sponsor: Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] (Introduced 10/19/2020) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action:  Senate – 11/09/2020 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 581.

H.R.8729 — To establish a Native American language resource center.
Sponsor: Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1] (Introduced 11/05/2020) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action:  House – 11/05/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Federal Education Training and Grant Opportunities, Notices:
ED Comment Request: 21st CCLC 4201(b)(1) Waiver Request. Comments due on or before December 10, 2020. 

ED Comment Request: Impact Study of Federally-Funded Magnet Schools. Comments due on or before December 10, 2020.

ED Notice; Correction: Evaluating the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program After the 2017 Reauthorization. The docket number is incorrect. The correct docket number is ED-2020-SCC-0173.

ED Comment Request: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Final Performance Report. Comments due on or before December 9, 2020. 

ED Notice: Waiver Granted Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.