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Foresight Law + Policy Week Ahead 4.6 - 4.10.20 Final

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1 FORESIGHT LAW + POLICY The Week Ahead April 6 - 10 Congress is on recess until April 20. NEWS • The FCC extended key E-rate program deadlines, including service implementation for special construction for all funding year 2019 applicants. • The Administration's directive to waive student loan payments for six months (as part of the stimulus package, H.R.748) is expected to be enacted by the Department of Education by April 10. The benefits will be backdated to March 13, 2020, when President Trump declared an emergency related to COVID19. Department of Education News • The Department of Education hosted a conference call this week with higher education leaders to provide an update regarding the government's response to COVID19. The readout from the Department of Education can be found here. • The Department of Education released a proposed rule regarding "Distance Education and Innovation". According to the public notice, the purpose of the proposed regulation is to "reduce barriers to innovation in the way institutions deliver educational materials and opportunities to students, and assess their knowledge and understanding, while providing reasonable safeguards to limit the risks to students and taxpayers. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) may be dissuaded from innovating because of added regulatory burden and uncertainty about how the Department will apply its regulations to new types of programs and methods of institutional educational delivery". Comments must be submitted by May 4, 2020. Perkins V State Plan Updates • Secretary DeVos announced new federal deadline flexibility for the submission of CTE plans for fiscal year 2020-2023 under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21 st Century Act (Perkins V). Secretary DeVos is using transition authority to provide an extension to any state that needs additional time to submit their state plans. This flexibility will also still allow recipients to receive their Perkins V funds on time and allow states to give funding recipients additional time to complete their applications. The Department is encouraging states that are able to submit by the April 15, 2020 deadline, to continue to do so. If additional time is needed, they may submit by June 15, 2020, and at the latest, September 15, 2020. States that will submit in September will still receive funds in July, with a commitment from the state that the plan will be submitted on time in September. Further information on these new flexibilities can be found in this FAQ document. Publications • Common Sense Media released a free online resource to support families and educators titled "Wide Open School".

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