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

Justin Draeger | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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...

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the Senate education committee members should adopt FEA's proposals and report out an ESEA reauthorization bill that finally provides hope for America's millions of disadvantaged students.

Shahien Nasiripour

House Democrat Demands Details On Secretive For-Profit Student Debt Forgiveness Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

The public is financing a mass debt-forgiveness scheme largely in secret for distressed private student loan borrowers who attended schools once owned...

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

FAFSA: The Starting Point for Financing College

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

There are many sources of financial aid available to college-bound students from federal and state governments, as well as colleges and universities, including grants, loans, and work-study programs.

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Gianna Sen-Gupta

The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college in 2015, especially if your family can't afford to pay full freight.

What Is a Teacher Leader? What Should It Be?

Sean Slade | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Sean Slade

Teachers have long wanted a say in how schools operate, but the system as a whole hasn't been prepared to accommodate their voices. But more often than not, these teacher leader roles have developed by osmosis rather than intent or planning.

Declaring Corinthian Colleges Too Big To Fail: A Terrible Idea

David Halperin | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
David Halperin

Treating Corinthian as too big to fail, and thus sacrificing students and common sense, simply to find a buyer, any buyer, is a terrible course and a terrible precedent. The time to stop this bad decision is right now.

Removing the Interference

Lee Kronert | Posted 02.16.2015 | Education
Lee Kronert

A healthy public school system is like a healthy human body. Think about it: The brain is the head honcho. It makes all the decisions about which organ, tissue or cell is going to do what, when and how. Our education department does the same.

Where Illinois School Districts Get Their Funding: Local, State and National Money

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois.

Here Is The Average Student Debt Burden In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business

A college degree is still immensely valuable in America, boosting lifetime earnings for people that have one. But for many students, the trade-off for...

Rebecca Klein

Feds Investigating K-12 School Districts For Mishandling Sexual Assault

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

While colleges around the country are facing heightened federal scrutiny about their handling of sexual assault cases, a number of K-12 school distric...

REPORT: Child Homelessness Surges To All-Time High

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30,...

1.3 Million Children Should Not Be Left Homeless

Bruce Lesley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Unfortunately, while education funding is horribly inadequate, housing supports are often completely non-existent.

How Not to Help Grads With Student Loans

Robert Shireman | Posted 12.13.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Four months after my niece's graduation party, she got an email with a subject line indicating that she would soon need to start making payments on her student loans. Employed only part time and sharing a room in a small apartment to keep costs down, she was afraid to open the email.

In Annual Statistics, Most Colleges Claim Zero Reported Sex Offenses

Adam Goldstein | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Adam Goldstein

If the Obama administration is serious about preventing sexual assault on campus, it has to start by actually enforcing the minimal requirement that the colleges attempt to count the number of students brave enough to speak out about the crimes they've experienced.

Number Of Homeless Students In America Is Rising Rapidly

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact

The number of homeless students in the United States reached a record high during the 2012-13 school year, according to the latest data from the U.S. ...