Higher Education (College)

1:37am

Wed June 11, 2014
NPR Ed

College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:49 am

Who can say no to a free college education?
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The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work. President Obama threw some of them a lifeline earlier this week, with revisions to the government's Pay As You Earn program.

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1:29pm

Tue June 10, 2014
NPR Ed

California Teacher Tenure Ruled Unconstitutional

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:31 pm

Attorneys Theodore Boutrous Jr. (far right) and Marcellus McRae are joined by California public school students who won their case against the state.
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A California judge today ruled the state's laws governing teacher tenure and the firing of public school teachers unconstitutional, saying they interfere with the state's obligation to provide every child with access to a good education.

The plaintiffs in the case, Vergara v. California, argued that the tenure system for public school teachers in California verges on the absurd, and that those laws disproportionately harm poor and minority students. In his ruling, Judge Rolf M. Treu agreed.

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3:03pm

Mon June 9, 2014
NPR Ed

Why Your Summer Job Doesn't Pay Off Like It Used To

Summertime means summer jobs for many college students. But, as we discussed today on All Things Considered, a summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it to the cost of college.

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2:33pm

Mon June 9, 2014
NPR Ed

The One Thing Obama Didn't Say About Student Loan Repayment

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:09 pm

President Obama signed a presidential memorandum he says could help an additional 5 million student loan borrowers — but only if they hear about it.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

President Obama made big news today for student loan borrowers. He said he'll use his executive power to expand a program called Pay As You Earn, which limits borrowers' monthly debt payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income. Under the program, loans don't just get less expensive; they can actually disappear. The balance of a loan is forgiven after 20 years — 10 years if the borrower works in public service (for government or a nonprofit).

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1:00pm

Fri June 6, 2014
NPR Ed

Wanted: New Ideas For Closing The Skills Gap

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 5:07 pm

Getting to your first job can require a leap of faith.
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Millions of young college graduates are now heading to job fairs. They'll be sweating in their unfamiliar suits in the summer heat. They'll be wondering: Do I really have what it takes to cut it in this job market? New research indicates that employers are just as doubtful.

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