Senators Urge Spellings to Refrain from Imposing New Accreditation Regulations
In a letter written to Spellings, 18 of the 21 senators on the HELP Committee stated that Congress is considering changes to current accreditation provisions. The letter says these changes would strengthen the nation's accreditation system by clearly defining the responsibilities of the Department of Education regarding recognition of organizations and accreditation agencies. The changes would specify the criteria agencies must look for when reviewing institutions of higher education. The letter also asks Spellings to wait until proceedings in Congress addressing the same issues are completed. The Department of Education was earlier accused of aggressively pursuing its own plans for new regulations.
HELP members and Republican Senators Wayne Allard of Colorado, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Orrin Hatch of Utah refrained from signing the letter. Although the three Republicans have abstained from signing the letter, it states that the committee's members support the Education Department's overall aim of ensuring that the accreditation system promotes quality in higher education.
Apart from Senator Kennedy, other committee members who signed the letter are Michael B. Enzi, Christopher Dodd, Judd Gregg, Tom Harkin, Lamar Alexander, Barbara A. Mikulski, Richard Burr, Jeff Bingaman, Johnny Isakson, Patricia Murray, Lisa Murkowski, Jack Reed, Pat Roberts, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, Bernard Sanders, and Sherrod Brown.
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IRS Reminds Students of "Tax-Advantaged Education Expenses"
By Surajit Sen Sharma
On September 11th, the IRS news release "Back-to-School Tax Breaks Help Teachers Pay Classroom Costs; Aid Parents, Students With College Tuition" stressed the importance of saving receipts and maintaining expense records to take full advantage of deductions on educational expenses and credits available on federal income tax returns for 2007.
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