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Higher-Ed Lobby Is Concerned About Red Tape in Democrats’ Reauthorization Bill


The Chronicle of Higher Education. August 29, 2014.

The American Council on Education and 20 other higher-education interest groups wrotea letter to Sen. Tom Harkin on Friday expressing concerns about additional regulation proposed in Senate Democrats’ draft plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

“We are concerned that the discussion draft includes a substantial number of new requirements, but does not eliminate any existing ones,” wrote Molly Corbett Broad, the council’s president. “This approach will only serve to exacerbate an already serious problem, and we would ask that the committee pay meaningful attention to simplifying and streamlining requirements placed on institutions in any future legislation.”

The letter goes on to list measures in the bill that the organizations support, as well as those “of concern to the community.” Sponsored by Senator Harkin, an Iowa Democrat and chairman of the Senate education committee, the reauthorization bill stands virtually no chance of passing the Republican-led House of Representatives.