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Bipartisan Bill on Recruiting Student Veterans Gains Momentum; HEA Reauthorization Still Elusive

Inside Higher Education is reporting that a bipartisan measure to count veteran/service member tuition benefits in 90/10 rule calculations has gained momentum in the Senate with the endorsement of Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. However, a full reauthorization of the Higher Education Act still remains elusive, as do several other policies backed by Alexander.


From Inside Higher Education: "The powerful Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate’s education committee is backing a bipartisan bill aimed at for-profit colleges and their recruiting of students who are veterans of the U.S. military... The former education secretary and university president is pushing hard to pass several bills on higher education... Democrats haven’t backed his plan, however. A sticking point is the renewal of $255 million in annual federal funding for minority-serving institutions, including $85 million for historically black colleges and universities. Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the education committee, instead has pushed for the passage of a bill to renew the minority-serving college funding stream for two years. She also has insisted on instead considering a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act."

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