Policy Round-Up: Student Loans

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The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (S. 2432). The bill, introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sought to allow students who took out student loans to refinance permitting them to take advantage of new (and lower) interest rates established for students who applied for federal loans […]

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Natural Selection, not Lottery

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The secret to the great success of American industry and innovation throughout the country’s short history, to its now default position at the forefront of the world economy, is also the missing link in the mystery of the country’s failing education system. Imagine the proposal to make college admissions and corporate and industry personnel decisions […]

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De’Von Brown: Youth Activist and Entrepreneur

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De’Von Brown, is a 23-year-old Baltimorean who at a young age was targeted as an up and coming negative youth statistic. De’Von had a troublesome childhood, he dealt with drug addicted parents, which led to constant instability. In 2002, while in the 6th grade, the hands of fate lead Brown into being accepted into an all […]

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An Education Declaration for the Future

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The Institute for America’s Future and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign have joined a diverse group of education advocates to release an “Education Declaration” that demands a new direction in public school policy, focused on opportunities and supports for students – and respect for teachers.

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Unpacking Poverty: Three Steps to Ensuring Educational Success for All

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Step One: Call It Out Education has been labeled the “civil rights issue of our time.” Dropout factories––high schools where no more than 60% of the students that start as freshmen make it to their senior year––has become a common-day term. These low-performing public schools tend to be in the poorest zip codes across our country. The negative […]

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Albany’s Unkindest Cut of All

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In most states, top-ranked high school seniors are shoo-ins to attend their local state universities. But that’s not how it goes in New York these days. In one recent, glaring case, the valedictorian of a rural school district outside Rochester was rejected by a nearby State University of New York campus — not because her […]

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