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Investing in Prisons Over Education is not Being Smart on Crime

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 2:10 PM

By Lindsay McCluskey and Robert Rooks

What does it mean to be "tough on crime"? Does "toughness" depend on how many people we imprison? Or should the indicator be whether our society combats crime at its root? Current policies point directly at the former option, but we need to be...

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Graduating Off a Cliff: The Millennial Generation's Fight for Its Future

(165) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 8:42 AM

Four-hundred student leaders of all political persuasions rallied on Capitol Hill recently, demanding public investment in higher education. They held a press conference and conducted 100 congressional visits. Their message?


That's right. WTF. Where's the Funding?

In the 1950s, college was practically free. Some of our parents...

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The Continuing Resolution Devastates College Opportunities for Young People

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 3:48 PM

Challenging times such as these present decision-makers with opportunities to either deeply assess the problems within our society and craft public policies to alleviate them or to shallowly continue the status quo beefed up with soaring but empty rhetoric. On Friday, February 18, the House of Representatives was faced with...

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Higher Education: Great State of the Union Material, Even Better Public Policy

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 3:00 PM

As Nick Anderson meticulously pointed out in yesterday's Washington Post, education is the linchpin of good political messaging, especially in a State of the Union address. Higher education has increasingly become the key to achieving the American dream and American prosperity in a global economy and has thus...

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Where There's a 'Will' There's a 'Why'

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 1:36 PM

As predictable as night following day, the mainstream media's messaging about young voters this year has been was the 2008 election a fluke? Was America's youth simply excited about candidate Barack Obama's dynamism and charisma and not the policy platforms on which he sought office? As irritating as it is...

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A DREAM Undeterred

(7) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 4:52 PM

Langston Hughes once posed the elusive question, "What happens to a dream deferred?" Well, in the face of a college education being denied to 65,000 undocumented students every year, the question federal legislators should ask themselves is how are the dreams of undocumented youth undeterred after a decade of legislative...

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Students Are Voting Again to Build a Movement

(6) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:44 PM

Students are voting again in 2010 because we're building a movement. This movement did not begin with the 2008 vote campaign, and it certainly did not end with the election of Barack Obama. It is a movement to make education a right and has been a driving force behind social...

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StudentsVote! 2010

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 4:33 PM

Each election, the United States Student Association (USSA) works to mobilize students nationwide through our electoral action project, commonly known as StudentsVOTE! Through effective grassroots organizing, students conduct voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote campaigns to not only elect higher education champions, but also to build an organizing foundation on...

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