It appears that in September of 2016, the ARRL formed a committee, looking into the possibility of petitioning the FCC to create a new entry level Amateur Radio license. At this point, they are looking for membership input.
So if you're a member of the ARRL, please log in to their Web site and take a survey, by clicking here.
Personally, some of the best times I have had in Amateur Radio occurred when I was a Novice. I learned so much, most of it by the Amateur Radio School of Hard Knocks. So, I was very saddened when the FCC ditched the Novice license. I thought this was an excellent way to enter the Amateur Radio world, with the focus on operating in the HF bands, not just VHF/UHF. Not that there's anything wrong with VHF/UHF, but I think opening up the world of the HF bands is the way to go, keeping interests piqued and offering endless possibilities.
It will be interesting to see how this all pans out and if anything comes of it.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!