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Realtime writers grant program up for reauthorization

On Nov. 20, Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, introduced the Higher Education Affordability Act, a bill that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act and includes funding for the U.S. Department of Education’s Training for Realtime Writers grant program. The grant program contained in the original law was approved due to a legislative campaign NCRA launched and supported throughout multiple legislative cycles. Since the first Act took effect, NCRA has helped court reporting schools secure more than $16 million in Training for Realtime Writers grants, typically used by recipients to upgrade equipment and facilities and enhance program curriculum.

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