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House Committee Approves PROSPER Act

On December 12, the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed, 23-17, H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, as amended.

Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the legislation would amend the Higher Education Opportunity Act (P.L. 110-315), which authorizes financial support for students and various programs in postsecondary education. The current authorization expired in 2008; Congress extended it through 2016.

Among other provisions, the bill would address sexual assault at higher education institutions receiving federal funding. The measure would require institutions to conduct a campus climate survey, which would measure attitudes towards sexual assault on campus, and to provide counselors to support students who are victims of sexual assault. 

The legislation includes provisions to reauthorize the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program.

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