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Education’s student aid office plagued by improper payments, should ‘strive for zero mistakes’

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The Education Department paid out more than $6 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2016, and that number is likely to rise next year thanks to proposed budget cuts and the suspension of a data retrieval tool used to help populate student loan applications. Education overseers testified during a May 25 joint House subcommittee hearing that the proposed $2 billion or so in cuts to…

Trump KOs State-Run Retirement Accounts for Private Sector Workers

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President Donald Trump reversed another eleventh-hour Obama administration regulation, rolling back Democrats' effort to push private sector workers into state government retirement plans. Trump signed House Resolution 66 on Wednesday, undoing a regulation adopted by the Department of Labor on October 31, 2016. The department's rule would have allowed state and local governments to…

'Modernize' Career- and Tech-Ed Law, House Education Committee Leader Says

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The leader of the House education committee deplores what she called the negative connotations attached to career- and technical-education programs, and expressed optimism that a new bill to revamp federal law governing these programs would make progress in Congress. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said that too often, bachelor's degrees are held up as the ideal, while other pathways to…

Moms in office: the challenges of leading a family and a government: A Mother's Day roundtable at The Flour Box

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In the quaint Flour Box Tea Room in historic Old Salem, five women gathered to exchange stories of motherhood: the joys, the challenges, the early morning routines — simple things all mothers can relate to. But these women also have a very unique experience in common: they are all elected officials. According to a 2015 report from Meredith College, women still make up less than 25…

Does Higher Education Accreditation Need Fixing?

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Should government-empowered accreditation organizations that oversee higher education institutions be stricter with low-performing schools, or do they already do too much and raise the cost of education with burdensome requirements? Democrats and Republicans were split at times on the right way forward for higher education accreditation reform during a Thursday hearing in the Capitol’s…

Foxx pushing feds to limit rules swamping local schools

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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th District, wants federal bureaucrats to quit swamping states with education mandates that are left over from the Obama administration. In a recent interview, Foxx, the new chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, told McClatchy media that federal education policies should come only from lawmakers — not bureaucrats who make rules outside…

If this congresswoman gets her way, the days of federal education regulations are over

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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx wants the federal Department of Education to disappear. She wants Washington to stop passing down rules and regulations schools have to follow. As the new chair of the House Education and Workforce Committee, the seven-term North Carolina congresswoman has a powerful forum to talk about all that. Trouble is, she probably doesn’t have the votes to do much of…

What you should know about ISP's and privacy

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A debate surrounding online privacy has been developing at the federal level and the ripple effects could potentially have an impact on how consumers view their own internet activity. On Oct. 27, 2016, a Democratic majority at the Federal Communications Commision voted to adopt rules that would ensure Internet Service Providers like, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and, locally, SkyLine…

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx tours the Forsyth Tech Transportation Technology Center

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Forsyth Technical Community College featured its strategic partnership with Toyota and the Toyota T-TEN program on Monday as U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-5th, toured the college’s Transportation Technology Center. The tour consisted of the 139,000-square-foot center’s automotive systems and Toyota T-TEN programs, collision repair, diesel and heavy equipment, motorcycle mechanics and…

Foxx speaks to Lees-McRae students

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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx spoke about her life, a day in the life in Congress and more to Lees-McRae students on Friday, March 31, in Evans Auditorium. “I’m really happy to represent Avery County for the first time,” Foxx told the audience. “I don’t know if it’ll stay that way, but I hope it does happen.” Foxx talked about growing up in Crossnore, noting that she was 14 before having…

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