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Betsy DeVos Seeking To Weaken Oversight That Exposed Sex Abuser Larry Nassar

Reprinted with permission from Title IX was the key to exposing Larry Nassar, the former Olympic gymnastics doctor and serial sexual abuser at Michigan State University, who was sentenced this week to 40 to 175 years, in part based on testimony from 156 of his young victims. Lou Anna Simon, who served as president of […]

January 27, 2018
Danziger is there when Betsy DeVos drops in on a classroom

Danziger: She’s Learning On The Job

Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may not know much about public schools — but Danziger charitably assumes that, like every eager child, she really wants to learn.

February 8, 2017

DeVos Confirmation Hearing: Guns, Charters, And ‘Potential Grizzlies’

While Republicans for the most part used their allotted five-minute questioning periods to praise DeVos or ask questions that didn’t challenge the nominee, Democrats tried to portray her as both inexperienced and inflexibly ideological. In one devastating exchange, Murphy forced DeVos to admit that she would, in theory, support guns in schools.

January 18, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a roundtable meeting at Rutgers University Law & Justice Center in Newark, New Jersey, November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Federal Government Finally Forgives Billions In Debt Of Students Who’ve Become Disabled

Starting April 18, loan forgiveness letters will go out to approximately 387,000 borrowers who have been identified as totally and permanently disabled.

April 15, 2016
Jorge Villalba poses for a portrait on Sept. 3, 2015 in Encino, Calif. Villaba is struggling to pay off student loan debt. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ask Carrie: Should I Consolidate My Student Loans?

Consolidation is not a straightforward decision. You have to think beyond simplicity to how a new loan might affect your finances over time.

February 17, 2016

Education Secretary Duncan Steps Down; Obama Picks Deputy To Replace Him

One of the last remaining members of President Barack Obama’s original Cabinet will step down in December.

October 2, 2015
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How Much Student Testing Is Too Much?

With no easy answer to education reform, Congress meets to decide whether to rewrite the No Child Left Behind act and shift the power to administer tests from the Fed to the States.

April 14, 2015