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House Bill to Repeal New Education Department Regulations to Be Marked Up Tomorrow

June 14, 2011


​The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is scheduled tomorrow to mark up a measure (H.R. 2117) that would repeal two of the more problematic Department of Education regulations scheduled to go into effect July 1.

The bill, introduced by Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chair of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, would repeal the so-called state authorization regulation, which significantly expands and complicates existing federal requirements for an institution to legally operate within a state.

It also would repeal the new federal definition of a credit hour and ban the education secretary from establishing such a rule in the future.

ACE and a group of higher education and accrediting organizations sent letters to Foxx and Education and the Workforce Committee leaders in recent days expressing strong support for H.R. 2117.

The groups sent a letter April 26 to House and Senate education committee leadership requesting help in blocking both regulations.

The markup begins at 10:00 a.m. EDT on June 15 and will be carried live on the committee’s website.

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