RealClearEd Today, Presented by ETS: Michigan Lawmaker in Line for Asst. Sec. of Technical and Adult Education; House Democrats Focus on Higher Ed

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Good morning, it’s May 16, 2017. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis and reports from the top of the education world.

The Detroit News reports that Michigan state Rep. Tim Kelly expects Secretary DeVos to appoint him as the new assistant secretary of technical and adult education. Kelly, the current chair of the state House Education Reform Committee, would resign his seat in order to take the position. However, he noted that he still has to complete background checks and the various other vetting criteria before it becomes official. “It just kind of came out of nowhere," Kelly said about the opportunity. 

According to Inside Higher Ed, House Democrats on the Education and the Workforce Committee have announced a campaign focused on improving access and affordability in higher education. One piece of legislation the members plan to release is a bill to expand the Pell Grant program. The move comes ahead of the looming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. 

In an original piece for RealClearEducation, Rachelle Peterson investigates Chinese influence in American higher education. Multiple states around the country are moving forward with bills to protect free speech on college campuses. Here’s a roundup of the legislation. Donald J. Farish, the president of Roger Williams University, defends Purdue’s move to acquire for-profit Kaplan University. 

After a racist incident at American University, a group of black activists made a list of demands they wanted the administration to meet. It agreed to three, one being a ban on white students using a new student lounge for the remainder of the semester. Needless to say, that has generated some controversy

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