December 13, 2017

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House Committee Passes HEA Reauthorization Bill

Late last night, after 14 hours of debate, the House Education and Workforce committee passed the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The vote was 23-17, along party lines. The bill eliminates all elements of HEA that help K-12 teachers - TEACH grants, public service loan forgiveness, and all of Title II - including the Teacher Quality Partnership grants. In the place of TEACH grans and public service loan forgiveness, the bill adopts a "one grant, one loan, and one work-study system," putting teachers in the same loan and repayment system as all other loan recipients. This bill would exacerbate the teacher shortages seen across the country, especially in rural communities. 

The Senate has not yet released any language or priorities for their HEA strategy.

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