Despite Divisions, Politicians Rally Around Education Data Collection Initiatives—2019 in Review

2019 will hardly be remembered as a year of bi-partisan action. But there is one area in education where politicians tend to agree. 2019 saw action and support for numerous federal education data collection initiatives. But despite expressed support, little action has occurred.

In February Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) delivered a speech at the American Enterprise Institute laying out a range of goals that would hopefully culminate in a rewrite of the Higher Education Act. Those hopes of a vast overhaul have been partially realized. House Democrats introduced the comprehensive College Affordability Act in October, but it is still being debated at the committee level.

One of Senator Alexander’s goals, however, was to expand the Gainful Employment Rule, an Obama Administration policy that sought to provide students more detailed information on for-profit colleges.

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