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America Treats Most Academic Faculty Like Peons, and the Results Are Not Pretty

The growth of insecure faculty members in American higher education has consequences that reach far outside the classroom and far beyond the lives of poorly paid teachers.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE


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These Blue-Collar College Students Vote for the United States

Interviews at one “working-class” school turn up distaste for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump but hope for the future. That optimism, however, is challenged by the poisonous campaign being fought for the presidency.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE

Graduation Debt

Posted on May 23, 2016 ENLARGE

Great Recession Continues to Loom Over 2016 Graduates, Even as Corporate Profits Rise

The New York Times editorial board released a depressing report recently on the bleak job prospects faced by high school students graduating this year, a situation it traces to consistent political failures in recent times.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Reporting on Bernie Sanders Over the Years

A look back at Bernie Sanders’ career through accountability stories and other in-depth news reports.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Government Finally Forgives Billions in Student Debt of Those Who’ve Become Disabled

The move comes after a ProPublica investigation documenting how the government made it difficult for disabled borrowers to have their student loans forgiven.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE

For-Profit Colleges Are Scandal Machines

This corrupt higher education “industry” ought to be put out of business.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE

Kids Get Hurt at Residential Schools While States Look On

Some residential programs for kids have settled on better ways to handle children. But the best practices are almost entirely self-imposed.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE

Despite Low Grad Rates at For-Profit Colleges, One Accreditor Keeps Billions in Tax Dollars Flowing

Accreditation agencies are supposed to make sure that colleges are putting students in a position to succeed. That’s not happening at schools overseen by one accreditor in particular.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Downsides of Cheap Abundance

What to do with this expanding phenomenon of “abundance” in a world racked by public and private poverty and its damaging fallouts? We must impose wisely used charges or taxes on the abundant commons.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis Is Pushing to Help the Poor While Catholic Universities Are Leaving Them Behind

Many Catholic colleges leave low-income students with big debts. And wealthy Catholic schools that provide generous support don’t enroll many poor students.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The American Teacher Shortage Is a ‘Symptom of the Sick and Fractured System of Education’

Teachers speak to what’s causing the dramatic drop in teacher enrollment in states across the nation in this poignant Al-Jazeera clip.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings List Is Baloney. Here’s the List You Should Actually Use

With college application season almost upon us, where should aspiring college students and their parents look for advice?

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Colleges With Plenty of Cash Saddle Their Poorest Students With Heaps of Debt

A ProPublica analysis of newly available federal data shows that some of the nation’s wealthiest colleges are leaving their poorest students with plenty of debt.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Asians Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Be Charged More by Princeton Review for Test Preparation

Every year, thousands of high school students get ready for the SAT by using The Princeton Review’s test preparation services.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Students From Low-Income Families Are More Likely to Drop Out of College

Even when financial aid covers the cost of higher education, many students from poor backgrounds leave college without finishing their four-year degree for a reason some may not expect.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Search for Missing Students in Mexico Finds Corpses of at Least 129 Other People

None of the bodies uncovered have been linked to the Ayotzinapa students missing for the past 10 months.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

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Stanford’s Making Tuition, Room and Board Virtually Free for Students From Low-Income Families

Stanford University has just taken a huge step toward helping students whose parents make less than $125,000 a year get a college education without accruing inordinate amounts of debt.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Students in Ukraine and Russia Take to YouTube to Share Their Views on the Ukraine Crisis

You may have heard what Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have said about the Ukraine crisis, but what do young people whose lives are being affected by the conflict between the two countries have to say about it?

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Student Debt Is Seriously Hurting Grads’ Mental and Physical Health

A new study reveals what those of us carrying large loads of student debt probably already knew: Those college loan payments aren’t hurting just your bank account.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

After Months of Protests, Mexican Government Declares 43 Missing Students Dead

Mexican authorities have finally said what happened to the college students from Ayotzinapa who disappeared last September, an incident that sparked months of outrage throughout the country.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Community College

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 ENLARGE

For the First Time in Decades, Over Half of America’s Public School Students Live in Poverty

A recent shift in public school demographics mirrors the wider picture of growing poverty and dramatic inequality that has come to characterize American society.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE

Los Angeles and New York Pin Down School Kids and Then Say It Never Happened

All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren’t following through.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE

Mexico’s Breaking Point

So deeply has this incident shaken the country that, as author Ruben Martinez describes it, “To understand the historical significance—and the moral and political gravity—of what is occurring, think of 9/11, of Sandy Hook, of the day JFK was assassinated.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE

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Occupy Activists Try to Restore Our Faith in ‘Collective Power’ by Wiping $3.9M of Student Loan Debt

The Strike Debt movement, which has its roots in Occupy Wall Street, bought and “abolished” a portfolio that included the student loan debts of 2,700 students who had attended the privately run Everest College.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE

Federal Investigators Crack Down on Two Virginia Schools’ Use of Restraints

Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Student Debt: Blame Lawmakers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, Not Universities

Why is tuition so high in state universities that The New York Times is wondering whether families will go on being able to afford it?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Borrowing to Attend an American College May Be Hazardous to Your Dreams’

What if the real reason college has become increasingly inaccessible is that the institution itself is a “scam meant to perpetuate the 1 percent?”

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Student Debt

Posted on May 23, 2014 ENLARGE

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How the ‘Starving Student’ Cliche Became a Harrowing Reality

College students aren’t just scrimping and scrounging—they’re actually going hungry.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE

College Loans

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 ENLARGE

Are Students Dropping Out of College to Become Entrepreneurs?

Universities are working hard to keep their students in the classroom rather than out starting their own business; private prisons receive tons of taxpayer dollars but can operate under secrecy; meanwhile, anti-terrorist agencies try to entrap activists to demonstrate that the policing organizations are needed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

Common Core

Posted on Feb 16, 2014 ENLARGE

Gov. Rick Scott’s Administration Gets Between Florida College Students and Voting

Secretary of State Ken Detzner blocked an effort to ease the congestion of voters at polling places by using the University of Florida’s student union facility.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE

City Education

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Posted on Jan 11, 2014 ENLARGE

Does Iraq Need More Weapons? Not Really

The U.S. is sending arms to the Nouri al-Maliki regime as assistance for recent crises, an act that critics say will perpetuate the violence; the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott is dividing academia; meanwhile, politicians are worried about American students’ poor performance in the sciences. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE

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Half of U.S. Public School Students Living in Poverty, Study Finds

A new study points up the links between poverty and school performance, as experts say punitive test score-based assessment programs miss the most crucial factor in student success: readiness to learn.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE

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Government’s Keeping the Student-Debt Crisis Alive and Well

Just because JPMorgan Chase will no longer offer student loans doesn’t mean the student debt bubble will burst any time soon, if ever. We have none other than the U.S. government to thank for that.

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 READ MORE

Back to School

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 ENLARGE

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Protests Rage Against Colombia’s Economic Policies

Students and labor unions armed with pots and pans marched alongside miners, truckers, coffee growers, milk producers and potato farmers in a general strike in Colombia on Thursday, where hard laborers have to endure such difficulties as high fuel prices and free trade agreements that farmers say have brought them to the edge of bankruptcy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE

Back-to-School Blues

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 ENLARGE

Common Core

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