Sunday, December 6, 2009

SAFRA ~ Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act

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.


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 help_comments@help.senate.gov. 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.



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?)

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1 comment:

  1. This is nice tutorial for the student responsibilities thanks for shearing me.

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