Foxx Announces PROSPER Act Markup

On Tuesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will mark up the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act (H.R. 4508). Introduced by Chairwoman Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), the legislation will bring reforms to support students in completing an affordable postsecondary education. The markup will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Fo...

ICYMI: House Republicans got this right

House Republicans got this right: Colleges should tell students how much bang their buck will buy By Anthony Carnevale Everything about college is based on the institution, not about what students are actually studying. We apply to colleges, not programs. We focus on a college’s prestige, a superficial beauty contest based largely on how many students apply but get turned down for admission. This institution-based method for sorting higher education speaks very little to the main reason most pe...

The PROSPER Act: What People Are Saying

We got one large step closer to real, meaningful higher education reform last Friday with the introduction of HR 4508, the PROSPER Act. The PROSPER Act is the result of years of hearings, meetings, member discussions, and first-hand accounts shared with members of the Education and Workforce Committee. The legislative process is an open, transparent, exchange—a conversation. With PROSPER, it’s just beginning. Here’s how that conversation has started: “As the holiday season begins, all through th...

Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) | Hearing on Workplace Leave Policies

This century has a vastly different business landscape than the last. From the advent of the gig economy to the demand for telework and other work-life policies that address employees’ needs, “business as usual” just doesn’t work for working families anymore. In response, many employers have implemented and continue to implement innovative paid leave policies. In fact, today’s workers are starting to consider these paid leave policies alongside other traditional, tangible benefits like pay raise...

Subcommittee Examines Trending Paid Leave and Flexible Work Policies

Today, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), held a hearing on “Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families.” At the outset of the hearing, Chairman Walberg articulated the timeliness of this hearing to examine the evolving topic of paid leave and flexible work policies. “This century has a vastly different business landscape than the last,” said Chairman Walberg. “From the advent of the gig e...

Everyone’s Saying It: Higher Education is not serving the economy—Jobs Edition

Last week, the Education and Workforce Committee introduced the PROSPER Act — the much-needed reform of the Higher Education Act. It’s a big bill with a lot of great ideas, but one of the reasons it’s been introduced now is simple: there are six million unfilled jobs in this country. A postsecondary degree has long provided students with a reliable pathway to greater career opportunities, but a large number of students who enter college fail to complete their education, leaving them unable to se...

THIS WEEK: Subcommittee Hearing on Workplace Leave Policies

On Wednesday, December 6 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions will hold a hearing on "Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The subcommittee hearing will examine how workplace leave policies impact job providers and working families. Witnesses Ms. Barbara Brickmeier Vice President for Human Resources and Business Development IB...

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