This Week In Washington
On Monday, at an Education Writers Association (EWA) event, David Cleary, Chief of Staff to Senate education committee chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), said the Senator would like to have a new reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) signed into law by Christmas of this year. At the event, Covering Higher Education’s New Political Landscape, Cleary noted the Senator has been having “good conversations” with Senator Patty Murry (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate education committee, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), the new chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.
Many higher education commentators noted that achieving that goal would require a rather aggressive timeline. Recall, Senator Alexander has additional incentive to complete HEA reauthorization this Congress because he is not seeking reelection and reauthorization would be a capstone to a lengthy career in public service. Chairman Alexander is speaking at several public events next week, at which we will be in attendance, and we will keep you abreast of any new potential HEA developments.
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The American Bar Association's (ABA) House of Delegates again rejected a proposal that would require law schools to have a 75 percent bar-passage rate within a two-year period—though the ABA’s council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions, the accrediting body for law schools, will make the final decision on this matter.
The following bill(s) have been recently introduced for consideration by the 116th Congress (2019-2020):
H.R. 770 – [Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) et. al.] would allow student loans to be dischargeable in bankruptcy proceedings.
S. 234 – Transparency in Student Lending Act [Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) et. al.] would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the disclosure of the annual percentage rates applicable to federal student loans.
H.R. 855 – Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act [Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) et. al.] would allow private student loans to be discharged in bankruptcy.