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Why Rebooting Higher Education Policy Could Strengthen Our Nation's Economic Future

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 07.24.2015 | College
Jamie Merisotis

Much is riding on the outcome of a months-long Congressional debate over re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, the sweeping law that governs colleges and universities.

All 50 States Now Have a Bullying Law. Now What?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Deborah Temkin

Passing a law is often not enough; resources must be provided to help schools understand both what they're required to do and what they need to do to actually prevent bullying. Senators must consider whether their goal in adding bullying to the ESEA is to simply "send a message that bullying must be addressed" or to actually see reductions in bullying.

Senators Announce Bipartisan Agreement To Fix No Child Left Behind

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two key senators have announced a bipartisan agreement on rewriting the No Child Left Behind education law. Students would still...

Joy Resmovits

Americans With Disabilities Are More Likely To Be Poor, Report Finds | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Americans with disabilities are more likely to be poor than any other demographic group, and their average income in 2012 was about $6,000 less than p...

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

Hospitals a No-Show at Senate Hearing: What's Up With This?

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders and a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee held hearings to shine a light on the third leading cause of death in the United States: medical mistakes in hospitals. Curious minds should ask: Where were the hospitals?

Joy Resmovits

These Students Want College Degrees, But They're Getting Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.27.2014 | College

When he was a kid, Will Farrior was "just like your average child and student making A's and B's while participating in extracurricular activities," t...

Dem Senators Call On Drug Stores To Halt Tobacco Sales

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eight Democratic senators on Monday called on major drug store chains to halt the sale of tobacco products in their stores, citing last ...

Joy Resmovits

Congressmen Float Early Draft Of Obama's Pre-K Plan | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the ranki...

Give Us Five: A Fully Functioning NLRB Needs All Five Members

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

They know that even under the best circumstances, justice is hard to come by. Now, the Senate is making it virtually impossible for workers to gain the justice they deserve. And what does that say about our democracy?

Ed Today: No Child Left Behind Review, Fountainhead In Idaho

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Happy Waiver Day! Today, the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the No Child Left Behind waivers, featuring none other than U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the big cheese himself. Catch our preview here.

Disability Employment: Are We at the Tipping Point?

Sen. Tom Harkin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Sen. Tom Harkin

Today, in my role as chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, I am releasing a report urging Congress, the Administration, the business community, and society at large to make the issue of disability employment a national priority.

Joy Resmovits

Sen. Rand Paul: Slow Down Education Reform | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.18.2011 | Education

Letters and amendments are flying on the eve of the first markup of a comprehensive rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law, providing a glimpse into ...

Joy Resmovits

Federal Government's Role In Grading Teachers At Center Of Legislative Fight | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.17.2011 | Education

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) shifted a major teacher evaluation requirement out of his rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act -- known as N...

Joy Resmovits

Tom Harkin's Version Of No Child Left Behind | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.11.2011 | Education

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) released his draft of the Elementary and Secondary Achievement Act -- known as "No Child Left Behind" -- on Tuesday, defendin...

Arthur Delaney

Economic Misery Gets A Hearing On The Hill | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a vain effort to shift beltway attention away from budgets and deficits to pervasive economic misery, Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin...

We Don't Need No (For-Profit) Education

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

The for-profit college industry is offering prospective students certificates and degrees that are often useless after badgering them into signing up for federal student loans that they may never be able to repay.

For-Profit Education: Will We Ever Learn?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

People looking to increase their marketability in a tough economic climate are being deceived about what an education at these schools will cost, what doors these degrees might open, and the salaries students can expect upon graduation.

The Only Good News About Senate Finance Bill? It Won't Pass

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Here's why the Senate Finance markup that will come out next week is nowhere close to what will be in the final legislation.

Ryan Grim

Dodd: A Good Health Care Bill More Important Than A Bipartisan One | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee approved a historic overhaul of the health care system on a party-line vote Wednesday morning...