Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up – June 15, 2015

A quick look at the news from last week, compiled by Penn Hill Group: 


Education Week reported the House may resume consideration of the Student Success Act, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as early as this week.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a committee hearing on June 16 on federal rules and regulations for child nutrition programs. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will testify.


Education Week reported the Senate may consider the Every Child Achieves Act, which reauthorizes ESEA, as early as the week of June 22.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a committee hearing on June 17 on accreditation as part of its series of hearings on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Peter Ewell, Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; George Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State College; Albert Gray, President and CEO, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; and Ann Neal, President, American Council of Trustees and Alumina will testify.


The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill. This bill would fund the National Science Foundation at $7.34 billion, the same funding it received for FY2015.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related Agencies will hold a markup on June 17 of the FY2016 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced its debt relief process for Corinthian Colleges’ students whose schools have closed down, or who believe they were victims of fraud, regardless of whether their school closed.

The Administration has withdrawn Ericka Miller’s nomination to be ED’s Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. Miller has been serving as a senior advisor at ED since November, 2013.