Thursday, February 25, 2016

Updates on IX in DC, Vergara in CA, UC Labs Retiree Benefits, and study abroad and DC programs

See Politico for their multiple helpful links in their post :

"Republican lawmakers are using the occasion of John B. King Jr.'s nomination for secretary of education to revisit the controversy over the Department of Education's stepped-up enforcement on campus sexual assault. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) broached the subject in the House hearing yesterday (and swiftly posted the video to her Twitter). Insiders say it's likely to surface again today on the Senate side, probably with HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) taking the lead. Alexander has a close relationship with higher-ed lobbyists and is a former university president himself. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) also recently sent the department a letter about its guidance on how universities should handle investigations. (Lankford sits on the Homeland Security Committee with Misouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has floated legislation on the issue.)
Behind the scenes, the American Council on Education and the (Koch-backed) Foundation for Individual Rights in Education have lobbied long and hard against perceived overreach by the DOE, but they say there was no specific push behind the latest rumblings. Terry Hartle, a lobbyist for ACE, said he spoke with Lankford's office months ago and hasn't spoken with Foxx or Alexander. Hartle said the organization wants clarity because schools have gotten mixed messages on whether the DOE Office of Civil Rights' guidelines are legally binding or not.
In response to Lankford's exchange with Assistant Secretary Catherine Lhamon, student activists including Know Your IX and groups from Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Yale, Pace, Brown and Northwestern weighed in with a letter to Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) supporting the DOE's actions and questioning why critics are singling out the department among all the agencies that issue guidelines."

Some new news on a timeline for this year's long imbroglio, June:

"Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retirees hoping to be restored to University of California health care programs.

The retirees have not been eligible for UC group health care plans since 2008, when the University no longer had sole responsibility for managing the Laboratory.

In their lawsuit, the retirees have argued that prior to that time, they made career choices based on University promises that amounted to an implied if not an explicit contract for continued health care after retirement."

is this for real? Claims about UC study abroad in :

This other program highlighted this week but UC P.R.

this update on Vergara, involving teacher tenure k-12:

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