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Will loan forgiveness offer long-term student debt solution?

June 10, 2014
The average person graduating from college in 2013 borrowed nearly $30,000 in student debt. To help Americans overburdened by their loans, President Obama signed a new executive order that expands on a 2010 law that capped federal loan repayments at 10 percent of borrowers' monthly income. Gwen Ifill talks to Richard Vedder of Ohio University and Deanne Loonin of the National Consumer Law Center.
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How should colleges ensure diversity?

April 24, 2014
The Supreme Court upheld a ban on affirmative action in Michigan; at least seven other states have enacted similar laws. A New York Times study looking at five states found that African-American and Latino enrollment fell immediately at flagship schools. Gwen Ifill gets views from Dennis Parker of the American Civil Liberties Union and Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity.
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Why the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s right to ban affirmative action

April 23, 2014
Dealing a blow to proponents of affirmative action, the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in favor of a Michigan ballot initiative that banned public colleges from using race as a factor in admissions. For analysis on the court’s reasoning, Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.
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Voice of the Voters: Student Loans

July 30, 2013
Student loan debt has skyrocketed in recent years and is now the second largest form of consumer debt behind mortgages. The Senate has passed a bipartisan compromise that would lower rates in time for the fall semester but it still needs to be voted on by the House. Until then college-bound students are dealing with a lot of uncertainly about their educational plans. Amanda Honigfort of Saint Louis University and Sami-Jo Roth of the University of Arizona report on this pressing political and financial issue for millions of Americans.
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The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

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June 27, 2003
Ten years ago the Supreme Court struck down the points system for University of Michigan undergraduate admissions, but upheld consideration of race in admitting Michigan Law School students. This month, the Supreme Court is set to rule in a case that challenges the University of Texas' use of race in its admissions criteria. On June 27, 2003 Washington Week discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that declares race can be a factor in college admissions and how now retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the key swing vote.
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