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


The Senate voted to confirm Marty Walsh to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor by a vote of 68-29.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Cynthia Marten to serve as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education.

The House Appropriations Committee announced the extension of the deadline for member requests to late April for all Subcommittees, with the new deadline for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requests set at April 28.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) hosted its National Safe School Reopening Summit on March 24.

ED released $81 billion of the $122 billion in funding provided through the American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund to States this week. ED also announced the forthcoming launch of a Summer Learning & Enrichment Collaborative.

ED will publish in the Federal Register on Monday a notice inviting applications for the portion of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) funds that are geared towards institutions of higher education with unmet need due to COVID-19.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent a warning to cybersecurity officials at IHEs regarding hackers attempts.

Administration officials announced that a high-level overview of the Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget and the Build Back Better infrastructure and human capital proposal would be released next week.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released data from its NAEP 2021 School Survey.

NCES released data on the national graduation rate for U.S. students for the 2018-2019 school year.


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