NAPE Public Policy Update
July 23rd marks the 47th anniversary of Title IX, a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. Read More >> 
House Approves Record-High Spending Figure for the Education Department 
(Courtesy of Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week)
The House of Representatives voted on June 19, 2019 to approve what would be a record-high funding level for the U.S. Department of Education in nominal terms, although there's a long slog ahead before Congress sends a final spending bill to President Donald Trump for his signature. Read More >>
Anti-Busing Law Dating from the 1970s Eyed for Elimination
(Courtesy of Nicole Gaudiano, Politico)
A last remaining vestige of the incendiary anti-busing fights of the 1970s lingers in federal law, but bipartisan members of Congress are quietly discussing getting rid of it for good. Read More >> 

Senator Portman and Senator Warner Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Access to College Credits for Low-Income High School Students
(Courtesy of the Office of Senator Rob Portman)
U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) recently introduced bipartisan legislation, the Go To High School, Go To College Act, which will make college more affordable for low-income students by letting them earn college credits while still in high school, funded through the Pell Grant program. The legislation will create the College in High School Federal Pell Grant Pilot Program, which will build upon the Department of Education's Experimental Site for Dual Enrollment. Read More >> 
U.S. Department of Labor Equity Apprenticeship Lead Partner National Urban League Testifies at House Small Business Subcommittee Hearing
(Courtesy of Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council)
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the House Subcommittee on Small Business on Innovation and Workforce Development convened a hearing titled, "Mind the 'Skills' Gap: Apprenticeships and Training Programs" at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Read More >> 

DeVos Slams New SAT "Disadvantage Level" as "Ill-Conceived"
(Courtesy Benjamin Wermund, Politico)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos isn't a fan of a new student score on the SAT admissions test meant to show the adversity faced by college applicants. Read More >>
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Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption and the Effects on Communities
(Courtesy of the United States Commission on Civil Rights)
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released its report, Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption and the Effects on Communities. Each year, federal and state prisons release more than 620,000 individuals, and even after completing their sentences, these individuals still face potentially thousands of collateral consequences upon reentering society. Individuals can face barriers to voting, jury service, holding public office, securing employment, obtaining housing, receiving public assistance, getting a driver's license, qualifying for college admission and financial aid, qualifying for military service, and maintaining legal status as an immigrant. The impact of each consequence extends past people with felony convictions to affect families and communities. Read More >>

IBM Chief Advocates Changes in Federal Financial Aid, Work-Study 
(Courtesy of Kimberly Hefling, Politico)
The CEO of IBM on Wednesday called on Congress to relax federal student aid requirements to open the door for more students wanting to go to school part-time and in short-term programs. Read More >>