NAPE Public Policy Update
Inform! Energize! Advocate! Public Policy Activities at NAPE's Summit!
Whether you are a seasoned Capitol Hill hall walker or newcomer, your experience with the NAPE Summit's Public Policy activities will leave you inspired and ready to engage your congressional representatives!

From our Public Policy workshops, congressional delegation meetings, federal exhibitors, to our dynamic Public Policy Day, the Summit's Public Policy activities promises to empower NAPE members as you speak up and speak out for students, educators, and federal equity policies that matter to you!

Our Public Policy workshops offer NAPE members informed perspectives about the national legislative landscape and guidance on how to successfully "connect" with congressional members and staff. Between workshop sessions, be sure to stop by the NAPE exhibit corridor and see what our federal exhibitors have to share.

During NAPE's Wednesday morning Public Policy Day, members of Congress will share their views on education, workforce, and equity policies and will provide updates on actions in the 116th Congress and what we can expect in the months ahead. The morning program includes Public Policy Leadership Award presentations to national policy leaders and advocates who champion equity policies that matter most to the communities we serve.

Public Policy Day post-session Hill office visits offer NAPE members the opportunity to bring their collective voice to the Halls of Congress with the advocacy tools needed to educate Senators, Representatives, and congressional staff on how education and workforce equity impacts your state and district. This is your chance to "put a constituent face" on NAPE's public policy agenda.

While we encourage you to schedule your personal or group meetings with your elected officials and their staff as soon as possible, we understand that securing legislative meetings is challenging. Look for NAPE's upcoming advocacy webinar. It will offer a step-by-step process to schedule brief appointments, meet with Members and staff, and develop a productive, working relationship with your congressional office.

Interested in joining a state group of NAPE members in meeting with congressional staff? We will have a limited number of "pre-scheduled" congressional delegation meetings to sign up for at the registration desk. These delegation meetings are limited in space so first come, first served!)

NAPE encourages ALL Summit attendees to participate in Summit public policy activities. Your advocacy of NAPE's education and workforce equity issues, be it in the nation's capital or back home in your congressional district, makes an impactful difference in the public policy work that we do!

See below for important federal updates.
Administration
Education Department IG Raised Concerns about DeVos Plan for Defrauded Students
Nicole Gaudiano, Politico
The Education Department's independent watchdog in 2018 notified advisers to Secretary Betsy DeVos that their plan to calculate loan forgiveness for defrauded students using earnings data from the Social Security Administration was on shaky ground. Read More >>

Democrats Resist Plan for New Student Aid Agency
Caroline Simon, Roll Call
Buried within the Education Department's fiscal 2021 budget request is a proposal that would transform student loan financing. Originally raised by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the end of 2019, it aims to spin Federal Student Aid--the branch of the Education Department responsible for overseeing student loan financing--into a separate agency. Read More >>

White House to Promote Alternatives to the Degree
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
New Ad Council campaign will tout alternatives to the four-year degree. Led by CEOs of Apple and IBM, the project comes from a White House-convened task force on workforce policy. Read More >>

Statement on the Trump Administration's Proposed 2021 Education Budget
National School Boards Association
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is greatly concerned with and strongly opposed to the Trump administration's proposed budget for the Department of Education for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. Read More >>
Congress
Committee Leadership Announces Hearing to Discuss Bipartisan Proposal to Expand Registered Apprenticeships 
On February 26, the Committee on Education and Labor announced plans for a hearing on Wednesday, March 4, to discuss a bipartisan proposal to reauthorize the National Apprenticeship Act. The hearing will be held by the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment at 10:15 a.m. Read More >> 
Other news
Can Colleges Keep Up as Title IX Guidance Shifts and Splinters? 
Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive
Colleges and universities have faced an avalanche of sexual assault lawsuits in recent years arguing that they botched cases in ways that have slighted both victims of sexual violence and students accused of it. The increase in cases comes as the legal outlook around Title IX, the federal law that governs sex discrimination on campuses, grows more complex. 
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The Antitrust Hammer Hits College Admissions 
Glenn C. Altschuler and David Wippman, The Hill
Until a few months ago, the National Association for College Admission Counseling sought "to offer some consistency in deadlines, terminology, and procedures" in admission practices. The Justice Department objected to three provisions: (1) a prohibition on incentives for students to apply for early decision admission (e.g., by offering special housing options or enhanced financial aid); (2) a ban on "recruiting incoming freshmen after May 1;" and (3) a ban on "directly recruiting transfer students from another college." Read More >>

Darling-Hammond: School Structures Make It Hard for Educators to 'Care Effectively' 
Linda Jacobson, Education Dive
Speaking to district leaders at last week's National Conference on Education, Stanford University education scholar Linda Darling-Hammond laid out a "personalization agenda" to address the achievement gap. And it didn't include 1-to-1 technology. Read More >>