DC Digest – July 7, 2014

In Today’s Issue:

  • This Week in Washington – Recess
  • House Ways and Means Approves Bill to Consolidate Education Tax Benefits
  • Rep. Capito Speaks at DukeDC Congressional Breakfast
  • House, Senate Education Committee Members Release HEA Reauthorization Plans
  • Senators Introduce TRANSFER Act to Strengthen Research Commercialization
  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault
  • House Science Committee Approves “Secret Science” Bill

 

THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON – RECESS
The House and Senate are in recess this week and so is This Week in Washington. We will return after the July 4th holiday.


NCAA, EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS FILE AMICUS BRIEFS IN STUDENT ATHLETE LABOR DECISION
Northwestern University urged the National Labor Relations Board Thursday to reverse a regional director’s decision that classified the university’s football players as university employees, therefore allowing them to unionize. The university’s argument was backed by several associations (including ACE), six Republican members of Congress, and the NCAA — all of which filed amicus briefs Thursday ahead of the case’s midnight deadline.

The regional director’s decision “transforms what has always been a cooperative educational relationship between university and student into an adversarial employer-employee relationship,” Northwestern said in the brief.

The American Council on Education’s brief stated, “Student-athletes participate for their own benefit; they do not render services for compensation.”  They “are not employees and therefore not subject to the National Labor Relations Act.”

Read More:
Northwestern Gets an Assist (Inside Higher Ed)
College Presidents Say No to Unions for Athletes (Boston Herald)