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5 Key Areas of the Senate Democrats’ Bill to Renew the Higher Education Act

The huge bill is likely to grow further. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the bill’s sponsor and chairman of the Senate education committee, said he wanted to add provisions to reform accreditation, simplify the student-aid system, and create a unit-record system for tracking students. The unit-record proposal was in an earlier draft of the measure but was stripped for technical reasons.

Here are some of the measure’s highlights in five key areas: