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Calls To Withdraw "Gainful Employment" Regulation

WASHINGTON - Black Florida Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) and a group 113 Members of Congress sent the following bipartisan letter to President Obama requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) withdraw its proposed “gainful employment” regulation.  This regulation would place arbitrary restrictions on private-sector colleges and universities that would disproportionately affect the most disadvantaged students.  The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to H.R. 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, by a vote of 289-136, which would have blocked the implementation of this regulation.  Furthermore, the letter expresses disappointment that this language was not included in the final legislation, which appropriated funds through the end of Fiscal Year 2011.  It also urges the administration to withdraw this regulation and work with Congress to enact meaningful reforms to our nation’s higher education system that preserve access to postsecondary education and expand career choices for all Americans.  The letter appears below: 

 

 

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear Mr. President,

            We write to express our disappointment that language was not included in the final, compromise funding measure for fiscal year 2011 prohibiting the Department of Education from implementing its misguided regulation defining “gainful employment.”

In your first State of the Union, you proclaimed the United States would once again lead the world in college graduates by 2020.  However, contrary to this objective, the Department’s arbitrary proposed rules on private sector colleges and universities will disproportionately affect the most disadvantaged of students and limit access to one of the few sectors of higher education that continually evolves to meet workforce needs.

While the regulations attempt to address real problems, they miss the target. Instead, the implementation of these new rules will be so burdensome and the projected impact so broad that many reputable schools, particularly those serving the most at-risk students, will be adversely impacted. These rules will limit student access to higher education while failing to effectively address problem schools and rising student debt. 

Today, over 3 million students attend career colleges.  Seventy-six percent of these students live independently, without parental support.  Sixty-three percent are 24 years old or older.  Fifty-four percent delayed postsecondary education after high school.  Forty-seven percent have dependent children, and almost one-third of these students are single parents.  The Department’s suggested approach will harm these nontraditional and lower-income students who have no choice but to rely on student loans to pursue a postsecondary education and need the flexibility career colleges provide.

Given the significant impact of this proposed rule, the only responsible course of action is for the Department to completely withdraw this regulation and work with Congress to develop policies that truly protect taxpayer funds and measure and improve educational quality across all sectors of higher education.

The House of Representatives passed by a wide, bipartisan vote of 289 to136 an amendment to H.R. 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which would have done just that.  Though we are disappointed this language was not included in the final legislation, we hope that as we move forward, you will encourage the Department to jettison its current rule and work with us to enact meaningful reforms to our higher education system that preserve access to postsecondary education and expand career choices for all Americans.  

Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress

 

John Kline
Member of Congress

 

Robert E. Andrews
Member of Congress

 

Virginia Foxx

Member of Congress

 

Donald M. Payne
Member of Congress

 

Carolyn McCarthy
Member of Congress

 

Sandy Adams

Member of Congress

 

Todd Akin

Member of Congress

 

Jason Altmire

Member of Congress

 

Steve Austria

Member of Congress

 

Michele Bachmann

Member of Congress

 

Spencer Bachus

Member of Congress

 

Lou Barletta

Member of Congress

 

John Barrow

Member of Congress

 

Roscoe Bartlett

Member of Congress

 

Shelley Berkley

Member of Congress

 

Judy Biggert

Member of Congress

 

Brian P. Bilbray

Member of Congress

 

Gus Bilirakis

Member of Congress

 

Rob Bishop

Member of Congress

 

Marsha Blackburn

Member of Congress

 

Jo Bonner

Member of Congress

 

Vern Buchanan

Member of Congress

 

Larry Buchson

Member of Congress

 

Dan Burton

Member of Congress

 

Francisco “Quico” Canseco

Member of Congress

 

André Carson

Member of Congress

 

John Carter

Member of Congress

 

Jason Chaffetz

Member of Congress

 

Mike Conaway

Member of Congress

 

Chip Cravaack

Member of Congress

 

Ander Crenshaw

Member of Congress

 

Mark Critz

Member of Congress

 

Henry Cuellar

Member of Congress

 

Scott DesJarlais

Member of Congress

 

Ted Deutch

Member of Congress

 

Mario Diaz-Balart

Member of Congress

 

Mike Doyle

Member of Congress

 

Elliot L. Engel

Member of Congress

 

Blake Farenthold

Member of Congress

 

Stephen Fincher

Member of Congress

 

Mike Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress

 

Jeff Flake                                               

Member of Congress

 

Trent Franks                                          

Member of Congress                              

 

Jim Gerlach                                             

Member of Congress

 

Bob Goodlatte                                                   

Member of Congress                               

 

Kay Granger                                           

Member of Congress

 

Tim Griffin                                              

Member of Congress

 

Brett Guthrie                                           

Member of Congress

 

Richard Hanna                                                   

Member of Congress                           

 

Dean Heller                                            

Member of Congress

 

Jeb Hensarling                                       

Member of Congress                              

 

Tim Holden                                            

Member of Congress

 

Randy Hultgren                                                

Member of Congress                

 

Duncan Hunter

Member of Congress

 

Steve Israel                                            

Member of Congress

                                       

Lynn Jenkins      

Member of Congress

 

Bill Johnson                                            

Member of Congress

 

Mike Kelly

Member of Congress                         

 

Doug Lamborn                                               

Member of Congress

 

Steven C. Latourette                              

Member of Congress                               

 

Don Manzullo                                    

Member of Congress

 

Tom Marino                              

Member of Congress                              

 

Jim Matheson                                        

Member of Congress

 

Michael McCaul                                                 

Member of Congress

 

Tom McClintock                                    


STORY TAGS: Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News



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