Feb 13, 2008
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Higher Education Act Renewed
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Higher Education Act Renewed
The Higher Education Act of 1965 was overwhelmingly approved on Thursday, February 7, 2008. The House of Representatives voted 354-58 to approve the reauthorization of the bill (H.R. 4137).

The key legislation, known as the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, would toughen the regulation of the student loan industry as well as simplify the financial aid award process. The legislation also puts pressure on colleges and universities to contain the rising cost of attendance.

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Secretary Spellings Announces New Teaching Ambassador Fellowship

By Carina Zaragoza

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has announced the new Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program. The fellowships offer positions with the U.S. Department of Education for teachers to share their input with policymakers. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program will initiate its first cohort in the 2008-2009 school year.

The program will be composed of up to 20 classroom fellows who will continue to work as teachers but also work as part-time employees at the Department of Education. These fellows will be assigned various projects within the Department of Education. The program also calls for up to five Washington fellows, who will work full-time as federal employees in Washington, DC, collaborating on education programs and policy deliberations.

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UCLA Law Will Receive $1.5 Million

The Shapiro Family Foundation has made a commitment to the UCLA School of Law of $1.5 million. The money will go toward the Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law, which honors music industry legend and philanthropist Pete Kameron. Kameron, who has come to be known as a legend at the law school, is close friends with Ralph Shapiro, and together they have established the Pete Kameron Fund and the Pete Kameron Scholarship Fund at the school so far. The funds provide encouragement and support for students who are dedicated to music, entertainment, and media law.
Touro Law School to Be Purchased?

It's reported that Stony Brook University is allegedly interested in buying Touro Law School. Touro, located in Central Islip in New York, is a smaller law school but one that has been making a name for itself. The state senate's chairman of higher education is reportedly happy about the idea of the merger. Although there is no official word yet, talks are being held regarding the future of the law school, which was formerly known as the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. If the purchase happens, Touro will become the second law school in New York's state university system, the first one being the University at Buffalo Law School. No final decision will be made until all negotiations are worked out.

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