CFPB Report Lays Bare Private Student Loan Market

By: Friday July 20, 2012 11:05 am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has delivered a report to the Senate Banking Committee on the rise of the private student loan industry. This industry took a hit after 2010, when the Affordable Care Act included a provision that ended the practice of private banks administering student loans guaranteed by the government, and just had [...]

Romney Reveals Agenda Items to High-Dollar Donors

By: Monday April 16, 2012 6:53 am

If you want to know Mitt Romney’s real plans for a hypothetical Presidency, you either have to give him lots of money, or be lucky enough to stand on the street near the backyard where he talks to people who give him lots of money. The incompetence of allowing the press to listen in on [...]

Obama Administration Releases Guidelines for No Child Left Behind Waivers

By: Friday September 23, 2011 8:15 am

The Obama Administration released its plan for the future of No Child Left Behind. In the absence of new legislation to fix the the original bill’s demands, so the vast majority of public schools – around 80 percent – don’t get failing grades under the current standards of proficiency, the Department of Education will issue [...]

Department of Education Apparently Afraid of Matt Damon

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 10:17 am

A characteristic of this White House, probably of any White House, is a desire for message control. But just to show you just how far that goes, consider this episode: It turns out that people in the Obama administration made several attempts to reach actor Matt Damon just before he spoke at last month’s Save [...]

DoE Moves Forward With Gainful Employment Rule for For-Profit Colleges

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 6:28 am

The Department of Education advanced their gainful employment rule that targets for-profit colleges and vocational programs who have successfully used public money through grants and student loans to increase their business, while delivering little of value to students. The rule effectively would shut down for-profit programs that repeatedly fail to show, through certain measures, that [...]

Education Department Announces $500 Million for Early Childhood Ed

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 11:06 am

I’ve been critical of the President’s education strategies, particularly Race to the Top, the effort to use a competitive grant in a time when local schools are starved for money to push strategies of dubious and unclear value like merit pay and charter schools into the states. Race to the Top has been quite successful [...]

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