Pass the PROSPER Act

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In February of 2018, the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee passed the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. The legislation is needed -- but awaits for a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

If passed, it will put pressure the U.S. Senate to pass its own education reform bill that will help all students, parents and schools, including those in the cosmetology sector. If there is no pressure from the House, the Senate won’t act this year.  

That’s why we encourage every Member of the U.S. House of Representatives  to support the PROSPER Act (HR 4508) and ask that Speaker Paul Ryan bring it up for a vote.  See the full bill here:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4508   

Background

The original Higher Education Act (HEA) was first signed into law in 1965 and was billed as a reliable pathway for more Americans to receive an education and secure a fulfilling career. The law has been amended several times but it’s long overdue for an update.  

Over the past 30-plus years the price of tuition for a higher education has skyrocketed 1,120% while today the average student leaves college with $35,000 in debt. Cosmetology programs generally take less than year and students generally leave with a light debt load that is usually easy to repay.  But overreaching federal regulations have put numerous cosmetology schools out of business even though there is a high demand for cosmetologists.

The PROSPER Act would provide regulatory relief, enabling most cosmetology schools to stay in business and enable thousands of creative students to learn a trade that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. 

The signers of this petition encourage our individual Members of Congress to support this bill and we call upon Speaker Paul Ryan to bring it up for a vote. 

Let’s put pressure on the U.S. Senate to pass its own education reform bill: Pass the Prosper Act!

 



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