NAPE Public Policy Update
Education Department Pushes Shakeup for Civil Rights Data
Education Week
Proposals from the U.S. Department of Education to change its massive, biennial collection of data from school districts could significantly alter what and how much information is available about topics that have long been of interest to educators, advocates, and researchers, from discipline data involving the youngest learners to teacher pay and sexual misconduct. Read more >>

Federal Judge Slams DeVos, Education Department for Violating Order on Corinthian Loans
A federal judge on Monday sharply criticized the Education Department for violating her order to stop collecting the student loans of tens of thousands of borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges, the now-defunct for-profit education company. Read more >>

OSSS Announces New FY19 Awards
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced $71.6 million in new funding to enhance school safety in schools and improve student access to mental health services.  Read more >> 

Collett to Depart Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Johnny Collett, the Education Department's assistant secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, is leaving his post at the end of the week, a department spokesperson said today. Read more >>
H ouse Democrats Unveil Higher Education Plan to Lower College Costs
The Washington Post
Last week, the Democratic-controlled House released a plan to make college more affordable and schools more accountable for students' success, reviving fraught efforts to reauthorize the main federal law governing higher education. Read more >>

Congress's $2 Billion to Community Colleges Worth It or Not? 
The Hill
October 4 was "numbers Friday" at the Labor Department - the day when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its monthly jobs report. On the same first Friday in October 10 years ago, the unemployment rate clocked in at 9.8 percent and more than 15 million Americans were without jobs. Over the preceding year, more than 500,000 workers had filed a new unemployment insurance claim every week.  Read more >>  
October reading
Leadership Conference Education Fund brief on the   Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective , a NAPE-supported brief calling for stronger oversight to prevent the exploitation of students of color by for-profit colleges.
Center for American Progress brief on Restoring the Promise of Higher Education
Campaign to Invest in America's Future (CIAW) brief on Investing in America's Workforce: A National Imperative for the 21st Century
Join the National Skills Coalition for a webinar  on Monday, November 4 at 1:00 PM EST for a discussion on its latest publication,  "Expanding Opportunities: Defining quality non-degree credentials for states,"  with Robert Asaro-Angelo, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce; Zakiya Smith Ellis, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education; Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor to the Governor of Virginia; and Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Senior Fellow of National Skills Coalition.