Senate Democrats demanded that the Department of Education do more to protect students studying abroad.

“No parent or child should be in the dark about the safety concerns that exist in the foreign country where they plan to study,” said Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandTeen girls pen open letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser: We imagine you at that party and 'see ourselves' Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster MORE (D-N.Y.). “There must be better oversight of these programs for our students.”


Gillibrand and Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC MORE (D-Minn.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) sent a letter to the Department of Education on Thursday calling for more regulations of study abroad programs.

The senators called on the Education Department to provide up-to-date information on its website about safety concerns in countries, require schools use the same safety guidelines and procedures as State Department-sponsored programs and encourage students abroad to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) warning system.

They said rules were needed because students are dying, and some study abroad programs allow students to remain in countries, where the State Department has active travel warnings and has evacuated embassy staff because of safety concerns.

“I'm pushing the Department of Education to work with the State Department to do everything they can to ensure students have all the information they need to stay safe when they go abroad to study,” Franken said.