Shoptalk Online 137

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Federal Updates

Neal Combs to Participate in 2002 Neg Reg
The December 11, 2001, Shoptalk Online (Edition 134), contained an article regarding ED's call for nominations for participation in the 2002 Negotiated Rulemaking sessions. TG is pleased to announce that Neal Combs, TG Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Operating Officer, has been selected to participate on the team that will negotiate program and other school issues.

Current Special Allowance Rates
Special allowance rates that apply for the quarter ending December 31, 2001, are now available.

Veterans Benefits to Increase
On December 27, 2001, President Bush signed legislation that will increase higher-education benefits for veterans under the Montgomery GI Bill.

Closed School Corner
The Department of Education (ED) reports school closures.

TG Updates

"Take a Leading Role" at the TG 2002 Annual Conference
Plans are rapidly taking shape for the next TG Annual Conference. The 2002 Conference, scheduled for April 10-12 in Austin, Texas, will focus on "The Big Picture: Take a Leading Role."

TG to Recognize Aid Leaders
In keeping with the theme of the 2002 TG Annual Conference, "The Big Picture: Take a Leading Role," TG is planning some special awards to recognize those in the community who have demonstrated leadership in serving the education community through financial aid delivery.

TG Schedules Winter Regional Training Series
TG is gearing up this season to provide its second annual Winter Regional Training Series.

TG's First 2002 Telephone Conference to Discuss Timely Topics
TG's popular telephone conferences are returning for 2002 with the first event to be held February 4, 2002. The topics planned for discussion during this conference, which will run from 2 to 3 p.m. CST, include distance education, e-signatures, and the Meteor Project.

Chat, Hotline to Help Families and Students Process Financial Aid Application
Remember to encourage families and students to participate in the 2002 College Information Hotline and accompanying online chat. The two-day event is scheduled for the weekend of January 19-20, 2002, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Central Time). Read more about the event-sponsored by the Texas Association of College Admission Counseling (TACAC), TG’s Adventures In Education, and LoanSTAR Educational Loans at

Legislative Update

The January 10 edition of TG’s Legislative Report includes an announcement about the initial meeting of the Texas Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on Private Activity Bonds and an article about projections from Congressional analysts regarding reductions in the projected federal surplus. Read the articles online at

The January 3 edition of TG’s Legislative Report includes a preview of the second session of the 107th Congress and a copy of a letter about legislation relating to the interest rate issue from TG’s President and CEO to the Majority Leader of the House. Read the articles online at

Quick Links

This, That, and the Other...

On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The legislation redefines the federal role in K-12 education and will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. It is based on four basic principles:

  • Stronger accountability for results
  • Increased flexibility and local control
  • Expanded options for parents
  • Emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work

To access the White House announcement on passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, visit
. To access the legislation, visit

Take a look at Adventures In Education, TG's Public Awareness website.

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Contributors to this edition: Kelly Kaelin, Sandy Keller, Charles Kracy, Art Martinez, Steve Schmidt. Edited by TG Communications and Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Designed by TG Communications.

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