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President to President

President to President
Molly Corbett Broad's weekly email newsletter to higher education leaders

July 2015

  • Current Edition

    July 13-17, 2015 ~ Vol. 16, No. 23

    The Senate yesterday voted 81-17 to approve the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), a bill to overhaul and reauthorize the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education law. With the House bill approved last week, the next step will be a conference committee to iron out the differences. Although compromise and passage of a final bill are far from assured—President Obama has vowed to veto the House measure and has not endorsed the Senate legislation—we expect this work to wind down soon. Congressional Republicans have indicated their desire to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year following completion of NCLB, though it is unclear how soon after the August recess this work will occur in earnest. Also in this edition of President to President, next week marks the release of our new report on diversity and college access, and the House passes a bill to reauthorize the National Institutes of Health that includes significant new research funding.

  • July 6-10, 2015 ~ Vol. 16, No. 22

    The House voted 218-213 Wednesday to renew the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, completing work on this complex and politically difficult law that has been awaiting reauthorization since 2007. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved its version of the measure in April, which is now awaiting action by the full Senate. President Obama has indicated he will veto the House bill. There is no presidential veto threat when it comes to the Senate bill, but there is no endorsement of it either. Both chambers need to finish NCLB before they can move forward on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). The House and Senate have been holding hearings and issuing policy papers throughout the spring in preparation for HEA reauthorization, but with NCLB winding down, we expect that process to now proceed at a quicker pace. In other news, the U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider the issue of diversity in college admissions when it rehears Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Finally, Democrats have introduced free community college bills in both the House and Senate, and a federal appeals court ruled on the legality of unpaid internships.

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