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Committee Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

05.17.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-05), the bipartisan legislation will strengthen and improve career and technical education (CTE). Thanks to legislative improvements to increase program accountability, including increased federal oversight and monitoring, the bill passed today is an improvement o… Continue Reading


Davis, Scott, Hirono, Murray Introduce Major Legislation to Secure Pell Grant Program and Make College More Affordable for Low-Income Students

05.16.17   WASHINGTON, D.C.- Representatives Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va), and Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act today that will expand and permanently safeguard the Pell Grant program, helping millions of low-income students offset the rising costs of college. The bill would improve the purchasing power of Pell Grants, permanently index the maximum grant to inflation, shift the Pell Grant program to fu… Continue Reading


House Democrats Launch Higher Education Campaign

05.15.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, and Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53), the Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, launched "Aim Higher," a campaign where House Democrats will put forth bold policy solutions to make higher education work for all students. "For most Americans, education after high school is a necessity, not simply a desire," said Ranking Member Scott. "It … Continue Reading


Scott: HBCUs are Constitutional

05.08.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump suggested financing for Historically Black Colleges and Universities may be unconstitutional: "The President issued a signing statement calling into question the constitutional status of federally-designated Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the programs that serve them. While he has since issued another statement attempting to clarify his support for HBCUs, there has been… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats: Accreditation Systems Must Promote Innovation, High Quality Programs

04.27.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on accreditation systems and how they can be improved to better protect students and taxpayers. The accreditation system is responsible for ensuring America's students are investing in a high-quality education. "While the federal government and state authorizers both have important roles to play in assuring quality, accrediting bodies are the true arbiters of quality in our higher education system," stated ran… Continue Reading


Scott, Bonamici, Murray, Warren Urge Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

04.26.17   (Washington, D.C.) -Led by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), more than 130 Members of Congress sent a letter today to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to reverse a decision to rescind Obama-era memos on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms had included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. "Your decision to rescind these memos-including t… Continue Reading


Scott, Davis Request Study to Examine Ed Department’s Ability to Forgive Federal Loans of Public Servants

04.24.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Susan Davis (CA-53), the ranking members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Subcommittee on Higher Education & Workforce Development, respectively, sent a letter to the Government Accountably Office, asking for more information on how the Department of Education implements the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Earlier today, Reps. Scott and Davis signed a separate letter asking U.S. Secretary of Education… Continue Reading


Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While Student Aid Tool Is Unavailable

03.27.17   WASHINGTON - Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, and 39 additional Members of the Senate and House Education committees, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking the Department to take action to … Continue Reading


Davis: Financial Aid Programs Require Investment, Targeting

03.21.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53), Ranking Member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, delivered the following statement during a hearing on federal student financial aid. Rep. Davis emphasized the need to expand access to higher education through robust investments in federal student aid. Key Excerpts from Rep. Davis' Remarks: "Since the Higher Education Act's enactment, the United States has made substantial progress in college access. Student of color a… Continue Reading


Scott, Foxx, Murray, Alexander Request Briefing from Department of Education on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

03.16.17   WASHINGTON -Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, respectively, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today asking for more information about the cause and scope of the outage of the Internal Revenue Services' Data… Continue Reading


Adams Statement on the Budget Blueprint’s Impact on HBCUs

03.16.17   Washington, D.C.-Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after the administration announced their "skinny" budget. "Less than three weeks ago, this administration claimed it is a priority to advocate for HBCUs but, after viewing this budget proposal, those calls ring hollow," said Congresswoman Adams. "This budget slashes critical funding for institutions, students, and their families. "With a 13% cut to federal education funding amounting to a nearly $4 billion resci… Continue Reading


Bonamici Defends Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

03.01.17   WASHINGTON, DC [03/01/17] - Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), the Vice Ranking Member of the Education Committee, stood up for student loan borrowers as the House passed a bill that threatens important federal protections for borrowers. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act creates an unbalanced process for repealing federal rules and jeopardizes important protections for workers, families, and the environment. Bonamici offered an ame… Continue Reading


Polis: CTE Programs Must Emphasize Equity, Provide Opportunity for All Students

02.28.17   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, delivered the following statement during a hearing on career and technical education. Rep. Polis emphasized the need for a full bipartisan reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. Key Excerpts from Rep. Polis' Remarks: "Unfortunately, after harmful sequestration cuts, public funding for CTE is at historic lows. It is c… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Outline Higher Education Priorities at Hearing

02.07.17   WASHINGTON - Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to discuss our nation's higher education systems, and the need to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). Democrats remain committed to a bipartisan reauthorization of the HEA, and they believe quality higher education must be accessible and affordable to empower America's working families to succeed in our economy. "Democrats remain committed to a higher education system that has multiple pathways to attaining… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on DeVos Senate Confirmation

02.07.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Senate voted 51-50, to confirm Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education. "Our nation's next Secretary of Education is tasked with advancing a mission of equity, access, and accountability. That mission requires support for all students. Unfortunately, Betsy DeVos has failed to make a credible case that she will advocate for the 90 percent of students who attend our nation's public schools. No… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Obama Administration Actions to Protect Student Borrowers

01.13.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education announced automatic student loan discharges for borrowers who attended American Career Institute, a now-defunct college that admitted to breaking state law and purposely misleading students to pursue meaningless degrees and credentials. Former students who attended Corinthian Colleges Inc. and ITT Technical Institutions will also receive approvals for loan discharges in the coming wee… Continue Reading


Scott, Bonamici Statement on New Report Showing How Student Loan Servicing Problems Can Jeopardize Long-Term Financial Security for Older Americans

01.06.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) issued the following statement after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that examines complaints from older student loan borrowers about servicing practices that can jeopardize their long-term financial security: "Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a new study about older borrowers who have student loan debt. Troublingly, the report exposed tha… Continue Reading


Scott Commends Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for Diligent Work to Eliminate Discriminatory Barriers

12.08.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued its annual report for FY 2016, and a summary of their work to advance educational equity from 2009-2016: "The Office for Civil Rights reports released today shows much progress has been made during the Obama Administration to expand educational opportunity across the nation for all students. However, challenges do remain. The Department of Education's… Continue Reading


Scott Commends Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for Diligent Work to Eliminate Discriminatory Barriers

12.08.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued its annual report for FY 2016, and a summary of their work to advance educational equity from 2009-2016: "The Office for Civil Rights reports released today shows much progress has been made during the Obama Administration to expand educational opportunity across the nation for all students. However, challenges do remain. The Department of Education's… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary

11.23.16   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump selected Betsy DeVos as his nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education. "I congratulate Betsy DeVos on her nomination to lead the Department of Education. I hope to work with her to ensure all students have access to safe, diverse, high-quality public schools. The Department has a legacy of protecting and promoting the civil rights of students, and I will work diligently to … Continue Reading

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