In January, President Barack Obama nominated Adam Schiff to lead the Department of Education.
Schiff, a former education secretary under former President George W. Bush, has been credited with revitalizing the Obama administration’s biden Education Reform Act, which has been on hold since the 2010 midterms.
Schiff has been widely praised for his efforts to increase student achievement, and his confirmation as education secretary could bolster the Education Department’s efforts to reform higher education, which is a priority for Obama.
The education secretary is expected to unveil a slate of proposals during a meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on March 3, as part of a broader push for reform.
DeVos, who has said she supports efforts to ensure that all students have access to an education, has said the Education Reform Law is not meant to be a replacement for the 2010 law.
The White House has been working on a biden reform plan since last year, but Obama’s pick has yet to receive the full support of his own party and has received relatively little opposition from Republicans.
Advocates have expressed concern that Schiff’s proposed changes could be used to undermine the education reforms of DeVos, as well as a bill that would require more accountability in college admissions and would overhaul the way colleges conduct student discipline and disciplinary investigations.
Schiffs plans for education are part of the broader push to boost college affordability and make colleges more responsive to student needs.
The White Congress has been focused on improving higher education since 2009, when the Bush administration rolled back the student loan interest rates that had been in place since the Great Recession.
The Obama administration has pushed to raise tuition at public colleges and universities, and it has expanded the number of credit hours students can take to qualify for Pell grants, which were previously only available to students who earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Schamp’s nomination would likely be a significant boost to the education department, which currently operates on a budget of around $30 billion.
It also would be a major boost to college affordability, as it would create more opportunity for students to attend and potentially earn more money.
The Obama administration is trying to create a new, more flexible program to allow students to graduate with a degree without going to college.