Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is starting to look more and more like a reality. The Senate HELP Committee raised the priority of HEA reauthorization after Republicans on the House Education Committee approved the PROSPER Act, H.R. 4508. The PROSPER Act made everyone in Higher Ed pause and consider that Higher Ed could change in novel ways, but it was so partisan that has very little change of ever passing a vote. The Senate Education Committee on the other hand has been busy trying to tackle Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act too, but in a more bi-partisan way.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN.), the Republican chairman of the Senate education committee, has been working with the ranking member, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA.), to rewrite the 53-year-old Higher Education Act. Over the last few weeks the senate has been hearing testimony from experts and they are rumored to be released before the spring.