Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up- August 22

A quick look back at the news from last week. Compiled by Penn Hill Group



The House and Senate will be in recess until after the September 5th Labor Day Holiday.


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton named Ann O’Leary, who has been Clinton’s senior adviser and has been heavily involved in education policy on the campaign, to her transition team.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) selected eight partnerships between institutions of higher education and non-traditional providers as eligible to participate in the Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment, which makes federal financial aid available for programs by non-traditional training providers.

ED announced the availability of $2.8 million for a Preschool Pay for Success grant competition for state, local and tribal governments interested in exploring the feasibility of Pay for Success to expand and improve early learning.

ED denied a request from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a chain of for-profit colleges, to convert to non-profit status.

ED issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to states on the education of children with disabilities attending public virtual schools and how to ensure that such students are receiving a free appropriate public education.


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