NAPE Public Policy Update
Congress
The 116th Congress Is the Most Diverse Congress in American History  
NAPE Senior Policy Advisor Lisa R. Ransom congratulated Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), as they took the helm in their respective caucuses. With 55 members in the CBC, 42 members of the CHC, and 20 members of the Congressional Asian Pacific Caucus (not pictured), our nation is witnessing the most diverse Congress in American history.    
 
Lisa Ransom (left) with Karen Bass (right) 
Lisa Ransom (left) with Ruben Gallego (right)
   
Bobby Scott Is New Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor for the 116th Congress 
Congressman Robert "Bobby" Scott (D-VA) is the new chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor (formerly the House Committee on Education and the Workforce). Under his leadership, the Committee has a total of 28 Democratic (majority) members and 22 Republican (minority) members.      
 
Reviewing the Higher Education Act 
(American Council on Education)   
As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, the higher education community is watching to see whether and when the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act will be on the agenda. Read More >> 
 
Congressman Anthony Brown Holds Congressional Briefing on the Need for Workforce Training in the Defense and Aerospace Industries 
While Congress and the Administration grappled with the government shutdown, Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) kicked off his new Maryland Defense and Aerospace Consortium by hosting a congressional briefing on the benefits and potential workforce opportunities associated with he defense and aerospace industries. Read More >>    
 
Tim Scott Introduces School Choice Bill 
(Courtesy of The BEAT DC)
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced legislation that would give military families, families of students with disabilities, and low-income students access to greater educational opportunity. Read More >> 
Administration
DeVos to Examine the Use of Restraint and Seclusion on Students with Disabilities
(Lauren Camera, US News and World Report)
The Secretary announced that the Department of Education would spearhead an initiative to address the use of restraint and seclusion, especially among students with disabilities. Read More >>

NCES Releases Findings and Recommendations from the National Assessment of Educational Progress 2017 Pilot Study of the Middle School Transcript Study
On January 18, the National Center for Education Statistics released Findings and Recommendations from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2017 Pilot Study of the Middle School Transcript Study (MSTS). Read More >> 
Other news
Brookings Institute Briefing Sheds Light on the Need for Policy Makers to Develop Legislation to Support 5G Technologies That Promote Equity in Underserved Communities and Communities of Color
Nicol Turner Lee, Ph.D., Brookings Fellow for Governance Studies, hosted a discussion on the relationship between 5G networks and IoT applications, with an emphasis on why smartphone access and use matters to and benefits communities of color. Read More >>

IEL Launches Its Rise Up for Equity Initiative: Preparing Education and Workforce Leaders to Rise Up for Equity in the 21st Century
NAPE's Senior Policy Advisor Lisa R. Ransom joined the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) as it kicked off its new strategic plan, "Rise Up for Equity." The plan is focused on preparing, supporting, and mobilizing public- and private-sector leaders who want to eliminate barriers and create policies and practices that allow everyone to access and succeed in education and workforce development.