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The Carter Presidency Revisited

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Since Democrats raced to distance themselves from Carter with almost as much vigor as Republican embraced him, the Carter failure meme has gone unchallenged for 35 years. With Carter's announcement that he is fighting advanced cancer, maybe it is time to set the record straight.

John Kasich No Longer Wants To Eliminate The Department Of Education

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich admonished his fellow Republicans on Wednesday for calling for the elimination of the Department of Education, whi...

States Receive Grants To Lower Costs Of AP Tests

AP | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department is announcing $28.4 million in grants to 38 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce cos...

The Secret Your Son Isn't Telling You About Campus Sexual Assault

Amy Siskind | Posted 08.12.2015 | College
Amy Siskind

The old paradigm of having a talk with our daughters -- which of course we should continue to do -- is not a solution to this epidemic. Not to overstate the obvious; but college women aren't doing the raping!

Pell Grant Myth Busters: Why Pell in Prisons Isn't as Controversial as You Think

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

After reading several articles surrounding the Pell ESI announcement, and their accompanying reader comments, it is abundantly clear that many are misinformed about Pell Grants and the extent to which incarcerated Americans use the funds to pay for college.

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping The Education System As We Know It

Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact

Education is experiencing a tech revolution. Chalkboards have been replaced by smartboards and the teacher’s gradebook is published online for paren...

Hold Shady Colleges Accountable? That's Your Job

Luke Herrine | Posted 07.06.2015 | College
Luke Herrine

It's time to ask: When the Department of Education refuses to enforce its own laws, who pays the price? Right now, the answer is simple: hundreds of thousands of students around the country. It's time for that to change -- but it won't if Secretary Arne Duncan keeps blaming Congress for his own Department's failures.

Ending Sexual Assault on College Campuses: New Law Kicks In July 1

Lisa Maatz | Posted 07.13.2015 | College
Lisa Maatz

It seems like every week brings new and horrific stories of sexual harassment and violence on America's college campuses. Study after study shows that sexual harassment and violence are far too prevalent in institutions of higher education.

Ending Anti-Semitic Bullying in Schools: Sometimes, It Takes a Court

Paul Bland | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Paul Bland

Pine Bush Central School District didn't have an anti-Semitic bullying "problem," it had a nightmare. Jewish children in three of the district's schools were subjected to systemic, repeated acts of anti-Semitic harassment for years.

Sign Up to Stand Up for Global Academic Freedom

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Perhaps the greatest threat to academic freedom may be the Department of Education, which has promoted a definition of harassment so broad that cases like Laura Kipnis's are all but inevitable.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren: The Tuition Is Too Damn High

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took on the student debt crisis in a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post, calling for a fede...

Talk Dirty to Me, JK DOE

Maria Ledesma | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Maria Ledesma

The Department of Education (DOE) has finally decided to adapt to the times. Starting this fall, New York City Public School health educators will be able to show students how to properly put on a condom. This, after years of preaching to students the importance of practicing abstinence or safe sex.

Government Plan To Erase Student Debt Raises Questions

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 06.09.2015 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government plan to wipe out loans for many of the students who attended the now-disgraced for-profit Corinthian Colleges raises s...

My Testimony in Front of Congress About Free Speech on Campus (LIVE STREAM)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Blinn is a public college bound by the First Amendment, but when a student wanted to protest in favor of her Second Amendment rights she was told that she had to limit her free speech activities to this tiny zone.

The True Way to Reform is to Educate: Reinstate Pell for Incarcerated Students

Rev. Vivian Nixon | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Rev. Vivian Nixon

Criminal Justice Reform has been on the minds and tongues of many this year, making what was once seen as a controversial subject become a more common talking point on both sides of the aisle.

Shahien Nasiripour

Corinthian Colleges Files For Bankruptcy

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

Corinthian Colleges Inc. filed for bankruptcy on Monday, capping a year in which one of the nation's largest for-profit career school chains slowly co...

The Feds Can Make This Change Today and Help Students Better Afford College Tomorrow -- So Why Haven't They?

Justin Draeger | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Justin Draeger

What if, with just one small change, we could give families an earlier estimate of college costs and alleviate some of the administrative burden on schools? It's possible -- and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has the authority to enact it today.

Accountability: A Gift to Teacher Education

Arthur E. Levine | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Arthur E. Levine

Accountability measures are imperative for teacher education programs themselves because this is a time of profound, continuous and accelerating change. As programs undertake modernization, which all must do, they need compelling evidence to understand how well they are doing and the areas in which action is necessary.

Student Loan Victims Pay the Price of ED Inaction

Eileen Connor | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Eileen Connor

If legal remedies for borrowers, such as defense to repayment, exist only on paper, they are not worth very much. Meeting with Corinthian borrowers is the first step in the Department's necessary recognition that it needs to be more proactive and protective when it comes to student borrowers.

Graduation Rates Are Rising, but Too Many Students Are Still Falling Behind

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

Even with these improvements, one in five students is still not graduating on time, and the graduation rate remains 13.4 percentage points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students.

Alena Hall

Inner-City Schools Find Music Programs Could Be Key To Happier, Harder-Working Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact

When Larry Carthan was 9 years old, he discovered drumming as a creative outlet for his energy and frustrations. Decades later, after a 29-year career...

Crackdown on Five Private Student Loan Collection Agencies -- But More Needs to Be Done

Equal Justice Works | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

On February 27, the Department of Education announced it will end its contracts with five private collection agencies. It's good that the Education Department is cracking down, but much more needs to be done to hold collection agencies accountable for unfair or deceptive practices.

The Global Search for Education: Being Global - A Global Competence Certificate

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If we want to transform the K-12 education system to meet the needs and challenges of 21st-century citizenship and leadership, we need to ensure global learning is available for all.

Free Speech on Campus: The 10 Worst Offenders of 2014

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Schools all across the country not only fall short on promises of free expression and academic freedom but openly suppress constitutionally protected speech on campus by using tools such as speech codes to shut down forms of expression that might be uncomfortable, disagreeable, or even offensive to some members of the campus community.

Thousands Of Girls Miss The Chance To Play Sports In NYC

ASSOCIATED PRESS | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City must offer more sports opportunities for high school girls in order to comply with federal Title IX provisions, federal...