April 2014 Education Insider: Gainful Employment, Race to the Top, House Education Committee, Common Core

This month, Insiders respond to questions about gainful employment, Race to the Top implementation, the leadership implications of Congressman Bobby Scott on the House Education and Workforce Committee, and Common Core. Among the highlights:

  • 52% of Insiders think the U.S. Department of Education‰лЊs plan to use cohort default rates to regulate for-profit higher education will pass legal muster.
  • 46% of Insiders believe the final ‰"gainful employment‰" rule will largely reflect the proposed rule. However, 55% of Insiders think that if Republicans gain control of the Senate after November‰'s elections, it would lead to a repeal of the new rule.
  • Insiders select Delaware, Tennessee, and Massachusetts as the top three Race to the Top states in terms of overall grant implementation to date.
  • 0% of Insiders think that Rep. Bobby Scott‰'s likely new role as the highest ranking Democrat on the House Education & the Workforce Committee will make ESEA reauthorization more likely.
  • Insiders have mixed views about the significance of the recent exchange between state education chiefs and the teachers unions about Common Core.