Briefly, HR 3221 amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 that authorizes most highered federal spending. Skimming brief overview ~ student loans, Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, college affordability issues, community colleges, retention/ completion stats, online education.
Contingent faculty issues? As ever conspicuous by their absence ~ the point of mounting a campaign. Ever the cynic, I somehow doubt solons will be keen to consider college affordability and ad-con issues on the same plate. Debra Leigh Scott has been pushing this too. It will take more than a few organizations and a handful of individuals to do this ~ coordinated mobilization of a mass letter writing and social media campaign.
Here’s a 12 page
GOA cost estimate ~ http://www.nchelp.org/elibrary/BudgetReconciliation&HEAReauthorization/Legislation/2009Legislation/SAFRA.CBO.SCORE.July24.pdf
Fact Sheet summary ~ http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/SAFRA-FactSheet.pdf. The full bill should be online, no telling how long … Google on.
Since SAFRA as HR 3221 has passed the house, it’s now referred to Senate committee, time then ~ after doing our homework aka due diligence ~ to turn our attention there. The Library of Congress’ http://thomas.gov site (named for Thomas J, educated yeomanry & all that) updates sometimes less than up to the minute but it’s a good resource for checking legislation and committee reports.
Senate Committee ~ HELP or Health, Education, Labor and Pensions http://help.senate.gov/ & education index http://help.senate.gov/Education_index.html. I’m pretty sure what we are looking for is the Conference Report and Joint Explanatory Statement of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act: full text http://help.senate.gov/HR2669_conf_report.pdf & summary, http://help.senate.gov/HR2669_summary.pdf. It was not on their calendar for Nov or Oct and the 2010 calendar is not up yet.
Email the committee at email@example.com. Tom Harkin, http://www.harkin.senate.gov/, is the Chairman (D Iowa) and Michael B Enzi the Ranking Member (
R WY). FYI Harkin sponsored and passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Full list of members at http://help.senate.gov/About.html .... whip out your keyboards, warm up your word processors and have at it.
Btw Forbes Magazine thinks SAFRA stinks http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/10/education-loans-tuition-financial-aid-opinions-colleges-safra.html
The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, passed by the House on September 17, 2009 by a vote of 253-171, embraces the president’s challenge. It will help us reach his goal of producing the most college graduates by 2020 by making college accessible and transforming the way our student loan programs operate. It will expand quality early education opportunities that will put more children on the path to success. It will strengthen community colleges and training programs to help build a highly-skilled, innovative, 21st century workforce ready for the rigors of a global economy. And it will boost the fiscal health of the country our children will inherit by paying down the deficit. (What's in the bill for you?)
- Invests the bill’s savings in making college affordable and helping more Americans graduate
- Provides reliable, affordable, high-quality Federal student loans for all families
- Prepares students and workers for 21st century jobs by providing all Americans with the skills and resources they need to compete
- Promotes early learning standards reform to ensure the next generation of children enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed in school
- Meets Pay-As-You-Go fiscally responsible principles and reduces the deficit
Read H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, as passed by the House.(PDF490 KB)
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