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Occupy Targets Student Debt As National Student Loan Debt Hits $1 Trillion

Saki Knafo | April 25, 2012 | Education
Among the couple hundred protesters who gathered in Union Square Wednesday then marched down Broadway, beating drums and holding signs, one wore a black graduation robe with the number 40,000 printed on the back. That's how many dollars protester Sue Meaney, owes the government and private lenders in student...

Scott Brown Slams Elizabeth Warren Over Interest-Free Loan In Massachusetts Senate Race

Leigh Owens | April 25, 2012 | Politics
Sen. Scott Brown (R) has launched another attack on Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking to unseat him in the Massachusetts Senate race, criticizing her over a 20-year interest-free loan Warren received while a professor at Harvard law school, the Boston Herald reports. According to financial disclosure forms Warren...

Wire-Tapping Disabled Children At School A New Trend?

Christian Cotroneo | June 25, 2012 | Canada
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Teachers hurled insults like "bastard," ''tard," ''damn dumb" and "a hippo in a ballerina suit." A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, "Shut up, you little dog."They were all special needs students, and their parents all learned about the...

Barack Obama Ridicules Todd Akin Over Student Loan 'Socialism' Comments

Melissa Jeltsen | April 25, 2012 | Politics
President Barack Obama ridiculed a Republican Senate candidate on Wednesday for saying that the United States has "stage three cancer of socialism" because of federal student loans. As The Huffington Post reported earlier, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) made the remark at a policy debate on Saturday, while...

Jeremy Faison, Tennessee Representative, Says Suicides Caused By Bad Parenting, Not Bullying

Curtis M. Wong | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
A Tennessee-based lawmaker raised more than a few eyebrows this week after suggesting that children who were committing suicide were doing so because they "were not instilled the proper principles" at home. As The Tennessean is reporting, State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) spoke up against a proposed...

KeyBank Agrees To Forgive Student Loans Of Christopher Bryski, Dead Rutgers Student [UPDATE]

Loren Berlin | April 30, 2012 | Money
Update: Thursday morning, Joseph Bryski -- who had cosigned the loan of his son Christopher, who died in 2006 -- received a letter from KeyBank stating that the bank decided to forgive his debt, according to an email from Christopher's brother Ryan Bryski to The Huffington Post. Previously: When...

Philadelphia Public Schools Reorganizing, Closing 64 Schools As District Braces For Dissolution

Emmeline Zhao | April 25, 2012 | Education
This piece comes to us courtesy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. District staff and consultants are recommending a sweeping overhaul of how public schools in Philadelphia operate, planning to close 64 schools over the next five years and divvy up those that remain among "achievement...

Early Humans Doomed Large Carnivores Two Million Years Ago, Scientists Say

Jacqueline Howard | June 27, 2012 | Science
By Kate Wong The impact of Homo sapiens on the environment over the past few hundred years has been so profound that some scientists term this chapter of Earth’s history the Anthropocene. But humans may have begun wreaking ecological havoc far, far earlier than that. A new theory...

Student Loans: John Boehner Would Cut Health Care Measure To Fund Lower Rates

Michael McAuliff | June 25, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday laid down competing, partisan visions of how to maintain affordable student loan rates, with the GOP aiming to eliminate a health care measure and Democrats looking to tax people like Newt Gingrich. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that Democrats, by accusing the...

Student Loan Interest Rates: How Obama And Romney Are Both Wrong

Emmeline Zhao | June 25, 2012 | Education
This piece comes to us courtesy of The Brookings Institution. It is written by Matthew M. Chingos, governance studies fellow at the Brown Center on Education Policy. Today President Obama is visiting the University of Iowa on the last day of a three-state tour promoting his proposal to...

Detroit High School Walkouts At Southwestern High, Western High Look To Stop School's Closure

David Sands | April 26, 2012 | Detroit
Chanting, whistling and cheering, nearly 175 students left class at Western International High School in Southwest Detroit Wednesday morning to participate in a joint walkout with students from nearby Southwestern High School. Around 75 people marching from Southwestern joined the Western students and community supporters for a rally in...

Internet Brain: How Does Online World Affect Your Thinking? (VIDEO)

Cara Santa Maria | June 25, 2012 | Science
Is the internet bad for our brains? Is it affecting our ability to remember things, form meaningful relationships, or make decisions?

Student Loan Reform Fight Broader For Obama Than Interest Rate Debate

Zach Carter | April 25, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, congressional Democrats announced plans to introduce legislation that would extend the current low interest rates on government-subsidized student loans, responding to the major public relations push from President Barack Obama. But while the issue has ginned up cable news chatter and drawn attention to...

California Seismic Reform: State Senate Votes For Earthquake Protections On Schools

Carly Schwartz | June 25, 2012 | San Francisco
This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Corey G. Johnson A state Senate committee voted today to support legislation that would create a task force to strengthen the state's oversight of earthquake protections for public schools. Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett,...

ACT College Entrance Exams To Be Required For All Louisiana High School Juniors

Emmeline Zhao | April 25, 2012 | Education
Beginning next year, all high school juniors in Louisiana will be required to take the ACT -- for free. A new effort by the Louisiana Department of Education will include administering a series of standardized pre-tests that prepare students for the ACT beginning in the eighth grade. The pre-exams, called...

New Haven School Parents To Help Select New Principals

Emmeline Zhao | April 25, 2012 | Education
This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. In what may become a universal practice, parents from Edgewood Magnet School will have a seat at the interview table as the school district looks for a replacement for a longtime principal. Cyra Levenson is one of three parents...

Texanna Edwards, Tennessee Teen, Wears Confederate Flag Prom Dress, Is Turned Away From Dance (VIDEO)

Ileana Llorens | April 26, 2012 | Teen
While one teen's cardboard prom dress was celebrated for its uniqueness, another teen's attempt at making a red, white and blue fashion statement was flagged as inappropriate. Texanna Edwards, a senior at Tennessee's Gibson County High School, was turned away from her prom last week after appearing...

Pat Robertson: Christians Bullying LGBT Kids In School Is Wrong

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | April 25, 2012 | Religion
Rev. Pat Robertson could not have been clearer during his 700 Club's question and answer period - bullying gay and lesbian students is wrong. Roberston was asked by a viewer named Douglas: "What would you say to a school that has gay and LGBT (sic) students being bullied by...

Todd Akin: Federal Student Loans Have Given America 'Stage Three Cancer Of Socialism' (VIDEO)

Melissa Jeltsen | April 25, 2012 | Politics
Rep. Todd Akin is not one to mince words. At a policy debate on Saturday, the Missouri Republican slammed federal student loans, saying that the government should quit the student loan market completely. "America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because...

'I Want To Know What It's Like': Teens Call For Change In Powerful Video (WATCH)

Carolyn Gregoire | April 26, 2012 | Teen
"I want to know what it's like to live a land truly of the free, one that doesn't exclude me." In a powerful new video, students and teachers from William S. Hart Union High School in Newhall, Calif., express their dreams for the type of country they...
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