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Friday, April 01, 2011

Keep the Kline Amendment in the Final Budget: Defunds Harmful Reg that will Undercut Skilled Workforce

The SBE Council has been closely following the Department of Education's proposed regulations on “Gainful Employment.” If implemented, these disastrous new regulations will hurt the ability of our workforce to obtain the training they need to be employed in a competitive, skill-based economy. Small business owners need skilled workers in order to grow and stay competitive, and SBE Council has strongly opposed these misguided regulations.

On February 18th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Kline Amendment as part of a Continuing Resolution on the budget. The amendment defunds the Department of Education’s proposed regulations on “Gainful Employment.”

Members of Congress are currently in budget negotiation talks and will likely work through the weekend to finalize the budget. If the "Gainful Employment" rule is implemented, it would deny federal financial aid to hundreds of thousands of students who attend for-profit career colleges. These institutions have been critical in adapting training and learning environments that meet the ever-changing needs of American business. They provide America's workforce with critical skills to obtain better jobs.

SBE Council encourages you to call your Representatives today and urge them to support the amendment. Please call 202-225-3121 to contact your Congressman and Senators.

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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