NASS Federal Update for June 12-16

Forsight Law and Policy serves as NASS federal advocate in Washington D.C. Below is their update on policy impacting education for the week of June 12-16:


  • The President nominated Peter Oppenheim to serve as Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs. Oppenheim currently serves as the Education Policy Director and Counsel for the majority staff of the Senate HELP Committee and was previously an aide for Senator Alexander (TN).
  • The Department of Education hired Adam Kissel to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs. Kissel was previously employed at the Koch Foundation and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
  • Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Secretary of Education, announced her resignation from the position at the end of this month.

Department of Education News:

  • Education Secretary DeVos announced during a hearing this week that the Department is on track to begin restoring year-round Pell grants effective July 1.
  • The Department posted a notice for public comment in the Federal Register regarding a study of weighted student funding and school-based systems. The document is open for public comment until August 7, 2017.

 Every Student Succeeds Act News:

  • Nebraska released the first draft of the state’s ESSA Plan on May 31 – the public comment period is now open.


  • H.R.2782 To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide students with disabilities and their families with access to critical information needed to select the right college and succeed once enrolled. Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]
  • S.1295 A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide students with disabilities and their families with access to critical information needed to select the right college and succeed once... Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
  • H.R.2859 To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish demonstration projects for competency-based education. Sponsor: Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]
  • H.R.2848 To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to allow qualified entrepreneurs to temporarily defer Federal student loan payments after starting a new business. Sponsor: Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]
  • H.R.2845 To direct the Secretary of Education to make grants to support early college high schools and dual or concurrent enrollment programs. Sponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]


  • The Future of Privacy Forum updated its “FERPA Sherpa” website, which serves as an education privacy resource center.
  • Achieve released the “Next Generation Science Standards District Implementation Workbook”.
  • Chiefs for Change released a policy paper titled “The Case for Teacher Leaders: Elevating the Teaching Profession and Sustaining Equity and Excellence”.
  • The National Institute for Early Education Research released a report titled “The State of Preschool 2016”.
  • The Brookings Institution released a report titled “How is Policy Affecting Classroom Instruction”.
  • The Fordham Institute released a report titled “Interdistrict Open Enrollment in Ohio: Participation and Student Outcomes”.
  • The Learning Policy Institute released a report titled “Effective Teacher Professional Development”.
  • The National Council on Teacher Quality released a guide titled “ESSA Educator Equity: Best Practices Guide”.


  • Sunday, June 11 (12-5:30pm ET) - The First Five Years Fund and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will host a convening of the charter school community to discuss Pre-K prior to the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. Click here for a sneak peek of the agenda and speaker list and then click here to register for the event. Registration is only $25 for this half-day pre-conference event.
  • Monday, June 12 (3-4pm ET) – NASBE is hosting a webinar titled “Exploring State Policies That Support Effective Professional Learning.” This webinar will unpack ESSA's new requirements for professional learning. Panelists, including Learning Forward's Melinda George and WestEd's Angela Minnici, will discuss the practical application of professional learning in schools under ESSA and identify action steps for states transitioning to a more comprehensive system of educator development. Register here.

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