As a constituent, you have the right to expect your elected officials to pay attention to your opinions. Action alerts are a simple yet effective way to have your voice heard. Complete the action alerts here to tell your elected officials why these issues matter to you and encourage your colleagues and friends to join you.
Send a message to your members of Congress to support HR 2700.
Take action by writing your members of Congress and urge them to support accountability for for-profit colleges seeking to convert to non-profit status. This legislation provides critical protections for students and taxpayers against waste, fraud, and abuse at the hands of predatory colleges that seek to convert to non-profit status without a meaningful change in their operations. According to The Century Foundation, "Three core findings stand out in the new report. First, when ownership seeks to preserve some sort of insider role with the nonprofit school, conversions can become compromised, causing leadership and resources to be diverted from the college’s educational mission and instead steered into growing the former owner’s bank account. Of the nearly sixty conversions that GAO examined, insiders continued to play a role in the newly established nonprofit in roughly one-third. The GAO found that, among converted schools, those in which an insider continued to play a role account for the vast majority of federal aid, have worse financial performance, and risk improperly channeling profits to those insiders. Second, IRS tax-exempt status is wholly inadequate for assessing whether a school is actually nonprofit in the way it is operating. And third, neither the IRS nor the Department of Education are doing enough to address the problem."
Send a message to your members of Congress to support the POST act.
Take action by asking your members of Congress to support The Protect Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act. For years, predatory colleges have taken advantage of a loophole in federal law to exploit Veterans and active duty service members, enrolling them through high-pressure, misleading sales tactics and leaving them with little in the way of an education but often tens of thousands of dollars of student debt. The Protect Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act would close that loophole, ensuring that postsecondary institutions do not simply target Veterans and servicemembers for their GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance benefits.
Send a message to your federal elected officials in support of NACAC's college access priorities.
Take action by sending a message to Congress and offer your perspectives on education policy for 2021. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), has developed a set of priorities intended to emphasize higher education as a public good. The payoffs on public investments in higher education to the individual include higher earnings; increased participation in civic society; greater efficacy in political and personal life; greater satisfaction with life; and a host of other benefits. The society also benefits from citizens with advanced education – more skills for innovation and employment, greater political engagement, higher earnings (and therefore taxes), improved workforce and economic output, less imprisonment, and reduced need for some social safety net programs. As such, we benefit exponentially from the investments we make in higher education as a country.
Encourage your members of Congress to support school counselors
Write to your members of Congress to encourage their support for HR 614, the “Put School Counselors Where They Are Needed Act.” School counselors can make a big difference in the lives of students. However, many students have limited to no access to a school counselor, as student-to-counselor ratios exceed 450:1 nationally. In some states, that ratio climbs as high as 900:1. HR 614 would provide funding for schools to hire more school counselors. We need your help to build support for this important bill in Congress. See here for more information about student-to-counselor ratios in your state and district.
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