Penn Hill Group’s Washington Wrap Up- September 19, 2016

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


The House Education and Workforce Committee passed H.R. 5963, the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act, which reauthorizes the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. This legislation was introduced by Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA).

The House passed H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, with a vote of 405-5. The legislation reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

The House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education will hold a hearing entitled “Supplanting the law and local education authority through regulatory fiat” on September 21st. Witnesses have yet to be announced.


Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is scheduled to hold an executive session to markup the Career and Technical Education Act of 2016 on September 21st as well as other pieces of legislation.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED)  announced new resources to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher leadership and to build on work by local districts and States to improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology in the classroom.

The White House released a Fact Sheet on the progress and momentum in support of President Obama’s Computer Science for All Initiative.

ED announced this year’s “Opportunity Across America” Tour, which will include ED Secretary John King and other senior ED officials holding events highlighting the Administration’s key initiatives during the past eight years.

The White House and ED released a Fact Sheet on the new Federal resources that will help more States and districts create and scale Next Generation High Schools.

The Clinton campaign released a new cost calculator tool to promote the campaign’s free college proposal.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against for-profit college chain Bridgepoint Education, Inc. and is ordering Bridgepoint to discharge all outstanding private loans the institution made to its students and to refund loan payments already made by borrowers, which will total over $23.5 million in automatic consumer relief.

ED’s borrower defense to repayment rule, which aims to provide relief for students defrauded by their school, was sent to the Office of Management and Budget for final review.

The White House released a Fact Sheet on the 61 higher education institutions and systems that have committed to take the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge, which pertains to providing educational services to those who have been in contact with the criminal justice system.

ED released a Fact Sheet on the Obama Administration’s new College Scorecard Data, which the Administration States includes more than 1,700 data points for more than 7,000 institutions of higher education.


Penn Hill Group plans to provide clients with a summary of the following event next week:

  • September 21 House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing on “Supplanting the Law and Local Education Authority Through Regulatory Fiat”
  • September 21 Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Executive Session on the Career and Technical Education Act of 2016


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