Higher Education Act Renewal Advances
Bill includes provisions aimed at bolstering teacher preparation.
The House education committee has given overwhelming bipartisan approval to a long-stalled bill to renew the Higher Education Act that would intensify scrutiny of tuition hikes and help schools of education offer beefed-up field experiences to prospective teachers.
The HEA was last renewed in 1998 , and its reauthorization has been pending in Congress since 2003. The law governs a broad swath of federal student-aid and other higher education programs, including those covering teacher training. In July, the Senate passed its own bill to reauthorize the law, by a vote of 95-0.
The House Education and Labor Committee spent some nine hours fine-tuning the bill on Nov. 14 before approving the measure 44-0 the next day. Much of the discussion centered around the federal role...
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