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

Lisa Maatz | Posted 07.01.2015 | 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...

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 06.01.2015 | 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.