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Senate Version of H.R. 2117 Would Rescind Education Department Regulations

July 05, 2011


Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) last week introduced the Senate version of the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act (H.R. 2117), the House bill to rescind the Department of Education’s credit hour and state authorization regulations that went into effect Friday. 

As with the House bill, the Senate measure (S. 1297) has three main provisions:

  1. a repeal of the state authorization regulation which significantly expands and complicates existing federal requirements for an institution to legally operate within a state;
  2. a repeal of the new federal definition of a credit hour; and
  3. a ban prohibiting the education secretary from promulgating a rule to establish a federal definition of a credit hour in the future.

The House version moved forward June 15, when the Committee on Education and the Workforce voted 27-11 to approve H.R. 2117. ACE has submitted community letters (click here and here) in support of the measure. 

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