Duncan In The Hot Seat

Career College Central summary:

  • Congressional Republicans lobbed criticism at the Obama administration’s regulatory approach to higher education Tuesday, with tough questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the proposed college ratings system and gainful employment regulations. Duncan appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce to discuss the president’s $67 billion discretionary budget request for education. While most of the lengthy, wide-ranging hearing was about K-12, there were a few fireworks over higher education.
  • The White House and Republican-controlled House rarely agree on anything. And Duncan likely will receive a warmer welcome tomorrow, when he is scheduled to testify before an appropriations subcommittee of the U.S. Senate, which Democrats control. Republicans opened the Tuesday hearing by criticizing the U.S. Department of Education for its “significant delay” in responding to their requests for more information in response to issues raised in previous education-related hearings.
  • Duncan apologized and pledged to respond in a timely fashion. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the higher education subcommittee, began her questions by taking on the administration’s approach to state authorization of online providers.
  • The department recently proposed new rules for state authorization. Foxx, who is a regular critic of federal regulations, said the administration had overreached with both current and proposed versions of the rules.

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