Education: House Committee Approves Higher Education Act Reauthorization

On October 31, the House Committee on Education and Labor approved the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674) by a vote of 28-22. This bill reauthorizes the Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID), provides federal funding to states that provide free community college education, increases Pell grants, and makes various improvements to student loan programs, among other things. Additionally, it contains a provision requiring colleges to accept an individualized education plan or a 504 plan as evidence of a disability when a student is seeking accommodations. Learn more from the Committee on Education and Labor website. The Arc supports provisions of the bill that improve access for students with disabilities and promote the training and recruitment of teachers. For more information, see the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force letter regarding the bill.

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