Giving Compass’ Take:
· According to Kevin Mahnken at The 74, a recently released reports shows the KIPP Foundation calling upon Congress to make college more affordable and help more low-income kids succeed. This report comes as renewal of the Higher Education Act is in debate.
· How can the Higher Education Act begin to support more low-income students? How can it better support building career and workforce skills and prepare students for jobs?
In a recent report, the KIPP Foundation called on Congress to make college more affordable and help students begin a path to finding good careers. By using federal money to pay for more high school guidance counselors and expand already-successful college completion programs, the organization said, lawmakers could open the door to millions more low-income and minority students earning their degrees.
The report was released as both the House and Senate consider whether to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, a federal law governing most aspects of postsecondary education. The act was last updated in 2008, and many fear that it has fallen behind the times with respect to college access and affordability. Given the looming retirement of Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, some believe that a rare bipartisan effort to revisit the law could be in play ahead of the 2020 election season.
While reauthorizing the act is a long-held goal of Alexander’s, it’s unknown whether the KIPP Foundation’s concerns are likely to be addressed. Much of the college debate has been dominated by the need to address the student loan debt burden and simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Richard Barth is CEO of the foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with the nationwide charter school network that educates more than 100,000 students in 224 schools.
Read the full article about the Higher Education Act by Kevin Mahnken at The 74.
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