Online Learning Update

February 29, 2012

House votes to roll back Department of Education rules

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

by Pete Kasperowicz, the Hill

The House on Tuesday afternoon voted to repeal two Department of Education regulations, an act that Republicans said would help lower the cost of college for millions of students. Members approved the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education act, H.R. 2117, in a 303-114 vote. Despite Democratic complaints about the bill during floor debate, 69 Democrats joined all voting Republicans in support of the legislation. One of the rules sets out federal guidelines state officials must follow when authorizing schools to operate in their state, and the other sets out a nation-wide definition for “credit hour” — both must be met for educational institutions to participate in federal aid programs.

(editor note: Many states have indicated that they will continue with plans to levy fees on out of state colleges and universities enrolling students residing within their boundaries)

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