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THURSDAY BUZZ: House Committee Votes to Block Department of Education Regulations

June 16, 2011

 

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce yesterday voted to repeal two of the Department of Education’s new regulations scheduled to go into effect July 1.

The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act (H.R. 2117) would repeal the rules that require distance learning programs to be authorized in each state where they have students and set a standard definition for a credit hour.

The bill would also prohibit the education secretary from establishing a definition of credit hour in the future.

The committee approved H.R. 2117 by a vote of 27-11. Five of 17 Democrats on the committee joined with all but one of the Republican members to pass the measure introduced by the chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and the Workforce, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Foxx, speaking in support of her bill, said the regulations “would allow the federal government to interfere in areas that have historically been the responsibility of institutions and states.”

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

For more details on the markup, see:

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