A quick look at the news from last week, compiled by Penn Hill Group:
The House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a subcommittee hearing on June 24 on the cost of compliance under Child Nutrition programs. Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, South Dakota Department of Education; John Payne, President, Blackford County School Board of Trustees; Donna Martin, Director, School Nutrition Program, Burke County Public School; and Lynn Harvey, Chief, School Nutrition Services, Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division, North Carolina Department of Instruction will testify.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill by a party-line vote. The bill would: reduce funding for education programs by $2.8 billion compared to FY2015; eliminate funding for a number of education programs; provide increases for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Grants, Title I and charter schools; and reduce the amount of funding available for Pell Grants. The bill also includes a number of prohibitions on the U.S. Department of Education’s implementation of higher education regulations and initiatives, including gainful employment, state authorization and teacher preparation regulations and the Administration’s college ratings system. The full Appropriations Committee will hold a markup of this legislation on June 24.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will hold a markup on June 23 on its FY2016 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to Head Start programs, including requiring all Early Head Start programs to serve preschoolers for a full day and a full school year.
The Washington Post reported Rohit Chopra, student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has resigned. His last day at the CFPB will be this week.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a proposal to allow low-income families to access broadband services under the Lifeline Program, which has historically only provided voice services to low-income families. The FCC also adopted a proposal further strengthening existing rules that restrict service providers from contacting consumers via telephone, including baring the use of predictive dialing devices.