Whiteboard Notes | Insiders on Corporate Learning; Administration Updates; What's Next for Competency-Based Learning 

Whiteboard Advisors News

Insiders Predict What’s Next for Corporate Learning: W/A partnered with LinkedIn Learning to gather insights and predictions on the future of corporate learning. The results can be found on the LinkedIn blog here.

New Primer on Competency-Based Education: In order to bring clarity to an increasingly complex conversation around competency-based education, we partnered with Capella University to provide an overview of the landscape and identify issues that policymakers and practitioners are likely to face in the near future. Check out our policy primer here.


Congress & Administration

The White House issued a regulatory freeze that suspends the implementation of President Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability rules, along with other regulations across all agencies that have not yet taken effect, for 60 days. It remains unclear what will happen to these rules after the 60-day period, given that many Republicans in Congress and Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos are opposed to keeping the rules as they are, and any changes could affect states that plan to submit their accountability plans by April 3.

Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, said in a letter to a Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) following her confirmation hearing that she would enforce the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, in response to questions during her Jan 17 hearing. 

This week, the Trump Administration announced 18 new staffers to join the U.S. Department of Education. The list includes Josh Venable, who served as the national director for advocacy and legislation at the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Jim Manning, who worked at the Department during the Bush administration, and Stanley Buchesky, former managing partner at venture capital firm The EdTechFund.

On Tuesday, seven Democratic senators released a proposal for infrastructure improvement that includes $75 billion to repair and rebuild public schools. The plan, written by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), among others, calls for a ten-year, trillion-dollar investment in national infrastructure projects, and states that shoring up school buildings nationwide would create nearly 1 million jobs. The senators’ proposal also includes $20 billion to expand broadband access.

Last Friday, the Senate HELP Committee pushed the vote for Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education from January 24 to January 31 at 10am ET. 


States, Districts, & Colleges

State Representative Christie Carpino of Connecticut proposed a bill (HB 5739) to establish statewide transfer and articulation agreements between the state’s community college system and all four-year public universities. The bill aims to address the inefficiencies in credit transfers and articulation between community colleges and four-year universities, which may require students to spend more time and money to earn a degree.

Last week, two Minnesota senators introduced a bill that would provide a tax credit to Minnesotans with undergraduate or graduate student loans. Aimed at easing the burden of college debt, the bill would give a maximum tax credit of $5,000 per year to students or parents making less than $94,000 annually and couples earning less than $145,000 annually. The bill is currently in the Taxes Committee, and has a companion bill in the House that is in the Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee.