New Special Education Assistant Secretary
There’s a familiar face for states with questions regarding special education at the ED. Last week, Johnny Collett was welcomed as the new assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Collett, a former high school special education teacher, previously served as the program director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Kentucky state special education director. Collett will lead education policy for all people with disabilities at the department. Welcome Johnny!
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InfoGraphic on House GOP Higher Education Bill
In December, the House GOP Committee leadership released the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (The Prosper Act), a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The bill, HR 4508, was approved by the committee on a party-line vote of 23-17. Political Pro released a new inforgraphic to help explain the accountability provisions in the House bill. The Senate has yet to introduce a companion bill. However, prior to the government shutdown, the committee gave notice of a full hearing on higher education access and innovation.
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Also of Note …
- Pence says U.S. Embassy to make Jerusalem move next year on faster timetable – Washington Post
- What the shutdown says about U.S. politics in 2018 – The Wall Street Journal.
- Is the GOP tax law already working? – POLITICO
- Week ahead: Lawmakers struggle to find path on defense spending – The Hill
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