Federal Legislation
July 22, 2011

H.R. 2117— To Prohibit The Department Of Education From Overreaching Into Academic Affairs And Program Eligibility Under Title IV Of The Higher Education Act Of 1965

Action Requested:
HSLDA urges you to contact your U.S. representative and tell him or her to support H.R. 2117. To find your representative’s contact information, please use HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox. It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your message can be as simple as, “Please support H.R. 2117, to repeal the higher education regulations imposed by the Department of Education. The Department of Education should not have the power to regulate colleges and universities without congressional consent.”

Summary:
H.R. 2117 would repeal Department of Education regulations issued November, 2010, to regulate colleges and universities, and create a federal definition of a credit hour.

Status:

6/3/2011 Referred to House committee
7/22/2011 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 116

Sponsor: Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

Bill Summary and Status H.R. 2117

HSLDA’s Position:
Support.

Talking Points:
H.R. 2117 is in direct response to new U.S. Department of Education regulations that were issued last November to add a federal definition of a credit hour and create new federal regulations regarding accreditation of colleges and universities. HSLDA is concerned that the U.S. Department of Education would use these regulations to control and regulate all higher education institutions. Down the road, this could lead to federal regulation over private colleges and universities that do not take federal funds. Federal control over the very existence of colleges and universities was never attempted before these regulations. H.R. 2117 would repeal these federal regulations.

 Other Resources

House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee H.R. 2117 Bill Summary

HSLDA: “The Department of Education Seeks to Regulate Higher Education”

Heritage Foundation: “Nanny State Goes to College”

Denver Post: “Stop Plan to Put Colleges under Political Supervision”