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5 Things the President Wants to Tell College Students

NerdWallet | Posted 07.20.2016 | College

President Barack Obama only has about six more months in office, and before he leaves, he has a message for college students and student loan borrower...

For-Profit Colleges Press Traditional Colleges To Oppose Obama Rules

David Halperin | Posted 07.20.2016 | College
David Halperin

Traditional higher education faces a critical choice with respect to these new rules.  When the history of this debate is written, do they want it said that they aided and abetted widespread for-profit college fraud, and undermined the futures of millions of Americans, by helping to block reasonable rules?

The Crucial Need to Expand the Non-White Teacher Pipeline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Students of color constitute a majority in our schools but teachers of color constitute only 18 percent of their faculties.

Dear Department of Justice: The Constitution Does Not End at the Schoolhouse Doors and Plessy v. Ferguson Was Overturned - Right?

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

Black, Brown and poor communities across the United States deserve your commitment to "ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans," this includes ensuring equity in education because the constitution does not end at the school house door and you do know Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned, right!

Is Testing Creating a Toxic Culture in Schools?

Ossa Fisher | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Ossa Fisher

Sometimes I wonder if the standardized testing we do in many of our schools today does just that: judges fish on their climbing ability. Many assessments evaluate unnecessary academic skills that have no basis in determining if a child is ready to move on to the next level of learning.

National Assessment of No Educational Progress

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Imagine an athlete training for the Olympic decathlon. The young man had been told that success would come by training specifically and constantly for the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles. He did what he was told.

In A Lot Of Ways, Schools Are Safer Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics

As schools have taken steps to beef up their security measures, violence in schools has taken a dive. The latest school safety numbers from the Depar...

Congresswoman's Bill Would Out Colleges That Discriminate Against LGBT Students

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics

BOSTON -- A Democratic congresswoman unveiled legislation Monday that would expose colleges and universities quietly trying to get out of enforcing fe...

Education Department, Getting Fed Up, Links For-Profit College to 'Grifters'

David Halperin | Posted 05.02.2016 | College
David Halperin

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education took the rare step of cutting off federal student aid to two for-profit college chains, each accused of deceiving the Department and their own students. Now the Department has denied an appeal by one of the schools.

White House Releases New Tool to Help You Manage Your Student Loans

Brianna McGurran | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

On Wednesday, the White House unveiled a new tool that shows which repayment options apply to you and how to sign up for them. It works on mobile, so you can use it anywhere; it asks you just five questions about your loans, so you can get help fast.

Sorry, But Hawaii Isn't Actually Going To Pay You To Move To Paradise

Civil Beat | Landess Kearns | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel

In recent weeks, headlines like "Hawaii will pay you to move to paradise," have flooded the internet, waxing poetic about the Aloha State’s incredib...

Department Of Education Wants To Learn More About Charter School Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

When charter schools were envisioned by then-teachers' union president Albert Shanker in the late 1980s, he described them as potential educational la...

Why Current College Measures Fail Today's Students

Kimberly Cassidy | Posted 04.20.2016 | College
Kimberly Cassidy

Years of hard work and months of nervous anticipation are coming to a crisis point for high school seniors around the country. May 1st is decision day...

Arts Literacy: Why We Must Change The Tune

Lydia Kontos | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Lydia Kontos

While we have the rare opportunity to make arts education shine brighter than ever, we have a long road ahead of us. The arts have been whittled away at in public schools for over two generations, especially in urban areas deeply affected by budget cuts. As a result, we've created an entire generation that is artistically illiterate.

Dr. John King: A Necessary Voice for Vulnerable Students

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.11.2016 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Although more Black and Latino students are enrolling in higher education, too many are still not college-ready. Given these challenges, it is important that our educational leaders take into account the unique challenges and lived experiences of students of color.

A Republican Leadership Lesson Plan

Domenick Scudera | Posted 03.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

The leadership skills displayed by the Republican presidential candidates inspire me. I am a teacher and I recently applied GOP leadership techniques in my classroom. They work like a charm!

Giving Kids Choices

Elissa Stein | Posted 03.02.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

As the parent of two kids at a specialized high school and PTA co-president at Brooklyn Tech, plus someone who's helped dozens of families navigate the high school process over the past couple of years, I have some advice for the DOE that could make a constructive difference going forward.

Breakdown of US High School Graduation Rates

Tom Ostapchuk | Posted 02.19.2016 | Education
Tom Ostapchuk

Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate by State (2012-13) The American public education system is operated in part by the state government, but mostly at...

Dept. of Education Takes on the University of Nowheresville

David Halperin | Posted 02.18.2016 | Education
David Halperin

Last week, Secretary of Education John King and Undersecretary Ted Mitchell announced the creation of a new enforcement division, headed by an experienced Federal Trade Commission lawyer, to crack down on deceptive practices by colleges, particularly in the abusive for-profit college sector.

Another Republican Calls for Axing the Department of Education

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Just as Colorado's GOP State Chair Steve House is telling his fellow Republicans to talk more about education and less about guns, GOP Senate candidat...

It Is Time To Eliminate Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

Integrating people with disabilities requires not only strictly enforcing the ADA but also changing the perception of those with disabilities. This begins with changing our language.

Professor Says She Was Fired Unconstitutionally For Cursing

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.22.2016 | College

A former professor says she might still have her job if it weren't for the U.S. Department of Education's overly broad take on what constitutes sexual...

The Truth About Loan Forgiveness, Cancellation and Discharge

Equal Justice Works | Posted 01.15.2016 | College
Equal Justice Works

It's not a myth! Every student loan borrower has to repay their debt, even if they are unable to find a job after graduating or didn't graduate at all. However, some repayment options can lead to your federal student loans being forgiven, canceled, or discharged.

The Obama Administration Just Hired One Of Its Biggest Critics

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

A former federal regulator and Elizabeth Warren acolyte who has repeatedly questioned the Obama administration’s treatment of student loan borrowers...

Rohit Chopra Joins Department of Education

David Halperin | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
David Halperin

Rohit Chopra, whose principled and determined leadership helped make the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a strong force in addressing the abuses of predatory for-profit colleges, has joined the U.S. Department of Education as a senior adviser.