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Obama administration pushes for legislation on student data privacy

February 6, 2015
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
The White House began pushing Thursday for legislation to protect the online privacy of students, allowing them to do schoolwork while keeping the door closed to marketing and sales, according to senior officials.
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Obama's 180 on 529 Plans Explained Here

January 29, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama’s most recent job approval ratings may help explain why he decided so swiftly that reducing the tax benefits of a popular college savings plan – a proposal he’d made earlier this month – had become an unwanted “distraction” and should be reeled back.
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Obama plan would make community colleges nearly free for millions

January 9, 2015
Jason Song, Teresa Watanabe, Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
Aiming to dramatically expand access to higher education, President Obama on Thursday proposed making community college virtually free for millions of high school graduates — a potential boon for California's system, the largest in the nation.
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Changes in AP history trigger a culture clash in Colorado

October 6, 2014
Karen Tumulty, Lyndsey Layton | The Washington Post
In comfortable suburbs such as this one on the outskirts of Denver, school board meetings are normally sleepy events.
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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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Harnessing boys’ strengths and passions to improve academic achievement

May 8, 2014
Increasingly, boys appear to be falling behind girls academically. Test statistics, grades and college degrees are part of the story, but experts are also concerned about the messages young men get about masculinity. Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Thompson, author of "Raising Cain," Ever Forward Club founder Ashanti Branch and Christina Hoff Sommers, author of "The War Against Boys."
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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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