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NCRA supports education bill that will support court reporting programs

On Sept. 4, NCRA President Nancy Varallo, submitted a letter of support to Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee John Kline (R-MN), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), for their work to support the future growth of professional schools, including many court reporting programs, by introducing H.R. 2637, the Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act.

The legislation was introduced as a response to the restrictive regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Education several years ago, including the gainful employment, the state authorization regulation, and the credit hour regulations. By removing these overbearing regulations, the legislation allows educators and school administrators to focus on teaching as opposed to dealing with complicated government bureaucracy.

The Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act, H.R. 2637, would benefit the approximately 70 court reporting schools that exist across the country. NCRA President Nancy Varallo argues that the “additional regulations that have been placed on schools over the past few years will impair the future growth of court reporting programs and many of the nontraditional students that these programs serve.”

NCRA remains committed to working with Chairman Kline and Reps.  Foxx and Hastings to ensure the passage of this bill. For more information on the bill, please visit the Education and Workforce Committee website, or contact NCRA’s government relations department with any additional questions.