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NEA Positions on Amendments to the College Opportunity and Affordability Act (H.R. 4137)


Passage of H.R. 4137



NEA SUPPORTS:

  • (Amendment #1) Miller, George (CA): Manager's amendment making technical and other positive changes to the bill. 

  • (Amendment #2) McKeon (CA): Regarding National Research Council study of the regulations on institutions of higher education.

  • (Amendment #3) Kildee (MI): Regarding grants to Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities for construction, maintenance, or renovation of campus facilities. 

  • (Amendment #4) Petri (WI): Regarding study of the feasibility of an alternative market-based reform to the Federal Family Education Loan Program. 

  • (Amendment # 7) Davis, Danny (IL): Regarding protections to private student loan borrowers similar to those afforded other unsecured debtors.  This amendment would end an unfair policy of special bankruptcy treatment for lenders who saddle students and their families with high-risk, high-cost private student loans.

  • (Amendment # 8) Davis, Susan (CA): Regarding interest accruing for active duty service members and qualifying National Guard members when serving in a combat zone. 

  • (Amendment # 9) Sestak (PA): Regarding loan forgiveness for physical therapists. 

  • (Amendment # 11) Yarmuth (KY): Regarding Teach to Reach grants to provide general education teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to effectively instruct students with disabilities in their classrooms.

  • (Amendment # 12) Hastings (FL)/Sánchez, Linda (CA): Regarding nationwide pilot program aimed at mitigating gang violence. 

  • (Amendment # 14) Lantos (CA)/Watt (NC): Regarding a technical correction to the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.

  • (Amendment # 15) Edwards (TX)/Boyda (KS): Regarding in-state tuition for members of the armed forces who are on active duty.

  • (Amendment # 17) Stupak (MI): Regarding federal student loan relief to borrowers who go into school administration in low-income school districts. 

  • (Amendment # 18) Doggett (TX): Regarding prepopulation of FAFSA income and asset information, by taxpayer consent, with tax data provided directly from the IRS to the Department of Education.  

  • (Amendment # 19) Baird (WA): Regarding a study on the costs and benefits of making student aid available to less than half-time students. 

  • (Amendment # 20) Inslee (WA): Regarding Sustainability Planning Grants explicitly providing for "greenhouse gas emissions reductions" to reduce the threat of global warming.

  • (Amendment # 21) Crowley (NY): Regarding loan forgiveness for college mentoring an at-risk child.

  • (Amendment # 22) Cooper (TN): Regarding authorization level, for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

  • (Amendment # 23) Ryan, Tim (OH)/Altmire (PA): Regarding pilot competitive grant program to assist institutions of higher education in setting up college textbook rental programs.

  • (Amendment # 25) Gillibrand (NY): Regarding working relationship of campus security personnel with State and local law enforcement agencies.

  • (Amendment # 26) Murphy, Patrick (PA)/Myrick (NC): Regarding information about the anticipated cost of a post-secondary degree. 

  • (Amendment # 27) Shuler (NC): Regarding a competitive grant program to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. 

NEA OPPOSES:

  • (Amendment # 24) Van Hollen (MD): Regarding Teach For America: Teach for America does not include a sufficiently rigorous teacher preparation program, nor does it yield retention rates that warrant a federal investment in the program.