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What are the key political issues on the minds of college students?

February 11, 2016
On the campus of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the 2016 presidential election is not a big priority for the students heading to and from class. But ask them the issues they care about and it ranges from education to health care to inequality. For one student "drenched in privilege," he is most interested in "economic inequality."
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#MemeOfTheWeek: Must Be FLOTUS On The Mic

December 11, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
First Lady Michelle Obama collaborated with College Humor and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah on a rap video encouraging high school seniors to go to college. It's part of Obama's "Better Make Room" initiative.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

At Mizzou, Yale and beyond, campus protests stir fresh questions about free speech

November 12, 2015
At the University of Missouri, protests and a president's resignation have put a spotlight on heated debate taking place on campuses across the country over hateful speech and racial insensitivities. Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker join Gwen Ifill to discuss questions of free speech and its limitations.
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At a school with a history of social protest, this teacher is leading an opposition to ‘excessive testing’

October 20, 2015
In Seattle, protest against the Common Core test is catching on. Meet one high school teacher who has led a boycott against standardized tests as educational assessment, and who educates his students on their right to opt out. Gwen Ifill reports.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Bill and Melinda Gates on the political debate over Common Core standards

October 7, 2015
Bill and Melinda Gates, two of the world’s leading philanthropists, sit down with Gwen Ifill in Seattle to discuss their efforts to support education reform and the political battles over the Common Core standards.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan
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Education Secretary Steps Down, Obama Addresses Critics of Syria Policy

October 2, 2015
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down, bipartisan criminal justice reform, and an internal investigation opens at CENTCOM.

Donald Trump Shapes the Policy Debate and Hillary Clinton's Emails Continue to Weigh on Campaign

August 21, 2015
Trump is behind Hillary by the slightest of margins, GOP candidates announce their policy positions, and Clinton continues to answer questions on her email use.
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Republican Presidential Candidates Address Education Reform at NH Summit

August 19, 2015
At an education summit in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates outlined their vision to fix the elementary and secondary education system in America. A common theme among the GOP hopeful was how student achievement should be measured and how education standards should be set.
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Debt-Free College: Democrats' Plank, GOP's Challenge

August 11, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Republican presidential candidates on Monday said they were unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion debt-free tuition plan unveiled in New Hampshire, even as tens of millions of American families struggle with college sticker shock.
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