Federal Flash: Will the Supreme Court Let Trump End DACA?

The Supreme Court hears arguments on the DACA
program; a bipartisan group of Senators urges Chairman Pai to end the FCC’s efforts to alter
E-rate funding; and ED reaches out to Chief State Schools officers about ESSA implementation. [Opening Music] Hi, I’m Lindsay Dworkin and I’m joined by
Anne Hyslop. Let’s begin with DACA. Anne? Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments
in consolidated cases regarding the fate of nearly 700,000 young Americans, referred to
as “Dreamers,” who were brought to the U.S. as undocumented children. Two years ago, the Trump Administration announced
that they would phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Since it initiated in 2012, approximately
800,000 young people have applied for DACA, which provides work permits and protection
from deportation to qualified young undocumented immigrants. Individual DACA recipients, universities,
civil rights groups, and businesses have challenged the Trump Administration’s plans to phase
out DACA, and won. Lower courts found that the Administration
relied on faulty legal analysis to end the program. Many briefs have been filed in what is expected
to be one of the Supreme Court’s most-anticipated rulings of the term. Many predict a 5-4 ruling in favor of the
Administration based on the oral arguments heard last week. We will keep viewers posted on this very important
ruling, which is likely to be announced at the end of the Court’s term next summer. For resources regarding understanding and
protecting the rights of Dreamers in schools, follow the link below. At the end of October, Senators Murkowski
and Sullivan, Republicans from Alaska, joined with Senators Schatz and Hirono, Democrats
from Hawaii, to urge Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai to end his efforts
to alter the way E-rate and the Rural Health Care program are financed. E-rate provides funds to make internet connectivity
and other telecommunications services more affordable for schools and libraries, and
the Rural Health Care program supports similar services in rural health facilities. Our viewers may recall that the FCC is proposing
an overall spending cap on programs in the Universal Service Fund, or USF, including
E-rate, and the Rural Health Care program. While Chairman Pai believes an overall cap
will make the programs more efficient, the Senators disagreed, stating it will create
an artificial budget crisis and encourage the FCC to favor certain programs. All4Ed agrees with the Senators and worked
with our Future Ready Schools network to collect signatures on a letter from more than 100
school and district leaders from 38 states opposing the FCC’s proposal. To read the letter, please visit futureready.org/fcc. While much of Capitol Hill is focused on the
impeachment hearings, funding is also set to expire for the U.S. Department of Education
and other federal agencies on November 21. As a reminder, the House approved fiscal year
2020 funding for the Education Department over the summer, but the Senate’s spending
bill has stalled. To avoid a government shutdown, congressional
leaders are expected to vote on a short-term continuing resolution this week, which would
extend funding through December 20. The stop-gap funding measure, however, could
set up a contentious vote later in the year, given that the December deadline could interact
with anticipated House votes on impeachment. We’ll keep you posted. One last note. The U.S. Department of Education recently
sent a letter to Chief State Schools Officers offering advice on the continued implementation
of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The letter sets a deadline of February 3 for
amendments to state plans that would impact accountability determinations for the 2020-2021
school year. The letter also addresses the importance of
identifying three “discrete” categories of schools for comprehensive, targeted, and additional
targeted support. It further discusses the timeline for school
identification and reporting provides resources and links to technical assistance. For more information on school identification
and school improvement please visit all4ed.org/ESSA. That’s all for today. For an alert when the next Federal Flash is
available, email us at [email protected] Thanks for watching.

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