Federal Legislation
April 16, 2015

S. 559 —“Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act”

Summary:
S 559 prohibits the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) from enacting overbearing regulations that determine if a school is eligible to participate in programs under the Higher Education Act of 1964. In particular, S 559 repeals certain DOE regulations that impact postsecondary credit hours and requires them to be authorized by their respective states.

Status:
Referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (2/25/15)

Sponsor:
Sen. Richard Burr (NC)

Bill Summary and Status S. 559

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, makes federal aid available to participating colleges and participating students. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has the authority to promulgate rules to implement the Act. Title IV and its implementing regulations require participating colleges and students to meet certain requirements to be eligible for federal aid.
By removing many DOE regulations pertaining to postsecondary institutions, S 559 is a strong step to prevent the DOE from forcing higher education to align to Common Core State Standards.

 Other Resources

Resources:
HSLDA Says No to Proposed Federal Teaching Regulations

House Committee Looks at Law Limiting Department of Education

Colleges Now Required to Determine “Validity” of High School Diplomas

Department of Education Seeks to Regulate Higher Education