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Senator Calls On Obama To Sign Anti-Discrimination Order

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.13.2012 | Gay Voices

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa called on President Obama once again to sign an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientati...

Will the Democrats Speak for the People?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Will the Democrats speak for the people? Will they fill Clint Eastwood's empty chair with human beings of passion and dedication? Or will they pursue a false "centrism," cheating the country of the debate it so desperately needs?

Nearly Half Of Americans 'Very Familiar' With NCLB Say It Worsened Education

Posted 08.21.2012 | Education

More Americans think No Child Left Behind has made education in the U.S. worse rather than better, according to results from a Gallup poll released Mo...

New Democratic Senate Bill: No Aid For 'Worthless' Degrees

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. Sen. Tom Harkin’s Protecting Students from Worthless ...

Understanding the Controversy Surrounding For-Profit Higher Education

William G. Tierney | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
William G. Tierney

After two year's worth of chairing frequently combative committee hearings on for-profit higher education, Sen. Tom Harkin's four-part report should come as no surprise. But there is more bad news for the industry.

Are For-Profit Colleges Really Worse Than Some Public Universities?

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. The Harkin report on the evils of for-profit higher edu...

The For-Profit Higher Education Industry, By the Numbers

propublica | Suevon Lee | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of ProPublica. The for-profit higher education industry was the target of a bruising report issued last week. Bas...

Higher Education, Student Loans: Victors and Victims

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.07.2012 | College
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

By producing a comprehensive plan for the reform of higher education in a manner that treats students as customers, the Attainment Commission can put them on the road to being victors rather than victims.

Joy Resmovits

Nobody Asked If U.S. Special Ed Transition Programs Work, Report Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education

Thirty-six hours after Marlyn Wells gave birth to Anna, she learned her daughter had Down syndrome. Just a few years later, the family started talking...

The Romney Economy: Too Few (American) Jobs, Too Little Pay

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Parisian

Romney is trying hard to make the case that he can be counted on to be a "job creator" -- but we should be asking ourselves if these are the kinds of jobs that are good for America.

Harkin, Colleagues Say For-Profit Colleges Squander Billions and Destroy Dreams

David Halperin | Posted 09.29.2012 | Education
David Halperin

At a Capitol Hill press conference today, Senator Tom Harkin released a blockbuster four-volume report based on his two-year investigation of the for-profit college industry.

Chris Kirkham

Senate Report Lambasts For-Profit Colleges, Lax Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

After a two-year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Monday unveiled an exhaustive report on the co...

The Senate's Plan for Our Retirement: Inadequacy for All

Jane White | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Jane White

As I've pointed out in previous posts, the reason why the U.S. is among the pension poorest in the world isn't that not enough people are covered by a 401(k) plan, but that those who are receive a measly matching contribution equal to 3 percent of pay.

Sen. Harkin's Report: For-Profit Colleges Leave Students With Debt but No Degree

David Halperin | Posted 09.28.2012 | Education
David Halperin

Investors are realizing that the reckless joy ride may be over soon. Most importantly, students are getting the message that they need to look elsewhere for educational opportunities.

Patrick Svitek

Top Republican Says More Attention Could Be Paid To Democrats' Sacred Cows

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Worry less about looming defense budget cuts, and more about the ones that will hurt regular people and families, leading Democrats argu...

Joy Resmovits

Duncan: Looming Cuts 'Playing Chicken With The Lives Of The American People'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

Schools, HIV testing, childcare and unemployment programs are all "under threat" as across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to st...

The Minimum Wage Is So Low That It's Immoral - and Foolish

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Economic issues make some people's eyes glaze over, so we'll put this plainly: Today's minimum wage is epic in its injustice and Dickensian in its cruelty. It's a shame that Dickens himself isn't here to write about it.

Chris Kirkham

College Could Lose Accreditation and Access To Federal Dollars

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

In just seven years, Ashford University has grown to be one of the nation's largest for-profit colleges, morphing from a 300-student Catholic school i...

Time To Raise The Minimum Wage: Report

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.19.2012 | Business

Contrary to what many people believe, most low-wage workers aren't employed by small businesses or mom-and-pop operations, but instead by large corpor...

Joy Resmovits

Locking Johnny In Seclusion Doesn't Help Violent Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.13.2012 | Education

During Elijah's early years in school, Debbie Jackson, his single mother, routinely came home to hear messages of his screams on her answering machine...

Joy Resmovits

College Completion Increasing At Glacial Pace

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

The number of Americans with college degrees is inching up slowly, with about 100,000 more students holding post-secondary degrees in 2010 than the ye...

Michael McAuliff

Dem Says Contingencies Are Set For Health Care Ruling

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Health Committee says he is ready to go with contingency legislation if the Supreme Court throws out any or a...

Iowa First State To Have Request For NCLB Waiver Rejected

Posted 06.25.2012 | Education

The U.S. Department of Education has turned down Iowa’s No Child Left Behind waiver request, according to a letter sent to Iowa Department of Educat...

Arthur Delaney

Older Americans Want Better Protection From Age Discrimination

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Older Americans widely agree that Congress should strengthen protections against age discrimination in the workplace, according to a new...

Dave Jamieson

Despite 14 Percent Unemployment, GOP Senator Says Construction Companies Can't Find U.S. Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a development bound to please business trade groups, senators from both sides of the aisle have voted to block new federal rules that...