McBath Plays Key Role In Moving Landmark Higher Ed Bill Out of Committee

November 8, 2019 by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – After two full days of debate, the House Education and Labor Committee voted to advance the College Affordability Act, including four pieces of legislation and an amendment introduced by Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga.

The act, also known as H.R. 4674, reauthorizes the Higher Education Act, which works to lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education, and expand opportunity for students from all backgrounds.

During the markup of the bill, Rep. McBath introduced an amendment to provide for collaboration between community colleges and businesses, supporting the development of students’ skills.

The amendment passed with unanimous support from all Democrats and Republicans present.

“I’m so proud of the time and hard work my colleagues have dedicated to making college more affordable,” McBath said afterwards. “We’ve held multiple bipartisan hearings and heard directly from stakeholders to ensure we are improving our education system for every student.” 

“The legislation I’ve joined my colleagues in introducing, and countless other measures in this bill, show the American people that we believe in the importance of an affordable, accessible, and valuable education,” she said.

Legislation from McBath included in the package includes:

H.R. 3591, the bipartisan Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act of 2019, to help higher education institutions prevent alcohol and substance misuse;

H.R. 3662, the Relief for Defrauded Students Act of 2019 to provide options for loan-forgiveness for students who were defrauded by for-profit institutions; 

H.R.4298, the Pell Grant Restoration Act to give Pell Grant eligibility back to students who were misled by similar for-profit institutions; and

H.R. 4245,  the HOPE (Heightening Opportunities for Pathways to Education) for FAFSA Act, to simplify the federal aid application process and allow more families the opportunity to receive financial aid.

“As we work to strengthen our higher education system, we are also working to ensure that America’s workforce is well-prepared to support our businesses,” McBath said. “This collaboration gives students the opportunity to gain insight and experience they can’t learn from a textbook alone. We owe it to our students, our businesses, and our communities to make sure that we are providing the opportunities they need to thrive.”

Education

Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
Congress
Schrader's Bipartisan Approach to Legislating Reaps Benefits on Drug Pricing, Education
March 19, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kurt Schrader doesn't miss a chance to reach across the aisle if it will benefit his constituents. Among the most recent of multiple examples is the Oregon representative’s introduction of H.R. 4455, the Bolstering Innovative Options to Save Immediately on Medicines (BIOSIM) Act.... Read More

Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
Employment
Allred Talks Education and Job Training in District Workforce Roundtable
February 22, 2020
by Dan McCue

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, met with North Texas business, education and labor leaders this week to discuss ways to expand job training opportunities for students, retain talent in the area and ensure higher education is both accessible and affordable for the region's young people. “Our region... Read More

Experiential, Digital, and Sustainable Are the Future of Science Education
Education
Experiential, Digital, and Sustainable Are the Future of Science Education
February 20, 2020
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Environmental activist Greta Thunberg was a recurring topic of conversation at Axios’ first Washington, D.C. event of the year, held this week. The event consisted of a series of conversations dedicated to the future of science education and digital learning.   Educators and other industry... Read More

Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays
Education
Foreign Students Falling Into ‘Black Hole’ of US Visa Delays

A University of Illinois graduate student from China applied in May for a visa renewal, a process that typically concludes within weeks. But the application went into “administrative processing,” and was still in limbo when fall classes started, forcing the student to withdraw from the fall... Read More

Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education
Education
Senators Push for Expanded Analysis of Fed Spending on K-12 Education
February 4, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and John Boozeman, R-Ark., are among those joining in a bipartisan push to get the Education Department to expand its planned analysis of K-12 education spending to include dual and concurrent enrollment programs as well as early... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
Education
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
January 31, 2020
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A new report released by D.C.-based think tank,  Bipartisan Policy Center, hopes to create a “bipartisan blueprint” for higher education reform.  Attaining a post-secondary degree is believed to be vital for success in today’s workforce, lauded for long-term financial gain, job stability, career satisfaction,... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top