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  • [WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In advance the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity’s (NACIQI) review of college accreditors next week, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called on NACIQI to recommend withdrawing...
  • By: Katherine Long  Seattle Times New bipartisan legislation would allow students who get federal financial aid for college to use the grants for summer school, which could help them finish a college degree faster. A bill to allow students to get federal Pell Grants for summer school passed through the Senate’s appropriations committee...
  • By: Andrew Ujifusa Education Week  The top two Democrats in Congress for K-12 education issues are telling President Barack Obama's administration: Make sure you take care of the new grants for preschool under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In a letter to Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • By: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel  Washington Post Students will have a clearer path to loan forgiveness if they are defrauded or misled by their colleges, according to rules issued Monday by the Obama administration, which also create a financial backstop to ensure that schools, not taxpayers, are responsible for the debt. “The Obama...
  • Students Who Were Cheated By Deceptive And Predatory Practices Will Receive Debt Relief And Discharge; And Colleges Would Be Banned From Blocking Students’ Right To Sue   Pushed By Senate Dems, New Protections Are Critical Following Cases Of Institutions, Like Corinthian Colleges, Engaged In Widespread Abuses To Defraud...
  • ESSA represents the first time the nation’s primary elementary and secondary education law includes dedicated funding for preschool   In new letter, Murray and Scott urge strong collaboration—as ESSA intended—between Dept. of Ed and HHS to support states working to improve quality and access to early childhood...
  • By: Alyson Klein Education Week  The Every Student Succeeds Act is officially six months old Friday. Politics K-12's Alyson Klein sat down separately with all four of ESSA's key architects in Congress to talk about the development of the law, the successor to the No Child Left Behind Act, and its future. This interview, with Sen. Patty Murray...
  • Two weeks ago, Republican-controlled Senate adopted resolution urging pay equity for U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and women nationwide   Today, on the 53rd anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, Senate Dems urge McConnell to build on this step by working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act   Senators: Now that the Senate has...
  • By: Sabrina Rodriguez Politico The Senate Appropriations Committee today advanced a bipartisan Labor-Health and Human Services-Education spending bill that would restore year-round Pell Grants, but also redirects some of the program's surplus funding away from student aid. Senators overwhelmingly showed support for the bill in a 29-1 vote to report...
  • By: Carol Garnick Puget Sound Business Journal  U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says she has nailed down a bipartisan deal to boost funding for the National Institutes of Health next year by $2 billion. Because Washington state ranks No. 8 in the nation for the amount of NIH funding it receives, a $2 billion increase could mean a significant bump in...
  • By: Dylan Scott STAT News WASHINGTON — A key Senate panel approved a health funding bill Tuesday that would nearly double the federal support for fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic. The 2017 funding bill unveiled by Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Patty Murray of Washington, who head the subcommittee that oversees health spending,...
  • By: Joe Davidson Washington Post While the path from kindergarten through college can be tough for anyone, two government reports released this month outline the particular difficulties facing poor black and Hispanic students, as well as the higher education hurdles confronting homeless and foster youth. One Government Accountability Office (GAO)...
  • In new letter, Murray presses the Department of Education to implement improved standards and processes for homeless students applying for financial aid through the 2017-18 FAFSA   Newly-released GAO Report found that homeless students face unique challenges to receiving financial aid   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty...
  • By: Kate Gibson  CBS News There's an inside joke among meat industry workers about the risks they face in the slaughter trade: Who is killing whom -- are we killing cattle, or are they killing us on the processing line? That bit of dark humor was relayed by Jose Gaytan, a former meatpacking worker from Nebraska, who spoke at a telephone press...
  • By: Travis Waldron Huffington Post WASHINGTON — The U.S. Women’s National Team gained another ally in its fight for equal pay on Thursday, when the Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Soccer Federation to “immediately end gender pay inequity and to treat all athletes with the respect and...
  • Murray presses Republicans to end pay disparity in U.S. Soccer, strengthen protections for all women by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act   Across the country, women on average earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes; in Washington state, women earn just 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts   Murray: “In our...
  • Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulation on the accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).   “As we worked...
  • An estimated 526,000 workers were employed in the meat and poultry industry in 2015   Report calls on agencies to do more to ensure workplace safety and support basic worker rights   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), released...
  • Noting the law’s civil rights legacy, Murray and Scott request the Department of Education to issue strong accountability regulations for the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and...
  • Murray: “Families today have enough to worry about. Questioning the advice they get on their retirement accounts should not have to be one of them.”   (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged her colleagues to vote...