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The ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Takes a Hit in Illinois

The ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline’ Takes a Hit in Illinois

  A pathway for young people in Illinois encountered a legislative defeat on May 20 and students throughout the state, and especially in Chicago, cheered for its demise because the loss opens the door to more supportive educational opportunities. By a 73-41 vote, lawmakers in the Illinois state House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 100 [...]
Arizona DREAMers Win In-State College Tuition for Now  Immigrant youth in Arizona who meet certain educational requirements are on track to pay lower tuition at state public universities, following a May 7 decision by the Board of Regents to follow a judge’s ruling.  The regents are the governing body for the state’s public universities, which include Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona [...]
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Graduation Rates Soar but Improvement Still NeededWASHINGTON (AP) — Even as America’s high school graduation rate has reached historic highs, the gains aren’t consistent. Students with disabilities, low-income and minority students have failed to catch up with their peers, although some states are doing better than others in helping these students. “This year, we need to sound a stronger alarm,” said [...]
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If Breakfast in Class Can Help, Why the Backlash?LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation’s schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or reduced-price meals in the cafeteria, they’re increasingly serving all children in the classroom. Food policy [...]
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Tenn. ‘Tuition Equity’ Bill Fails by 1 Vote  An estimated 25,0000 immigrant students who want to pay in-state tuition to attend public college in Tennessee will be forced to wait at least until 2016, following a legislative defeat on April 22 in which a bill failed to pass by one vote. Under the state constitution, supporters need 50 votes in the House [...]
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Graduates of For-Profit Colleges Stage a ‘Debt Strike’WASHINGTON (AP) — Pamela Hunt is so overwhelmed by her $56,000 in student loans for what she considers a worthless criminal justice master’s degree that she’s joined others on a “debt strike” and refusing to pay back the money. On Tuesday, she walked out of a meeting with officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [...]
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Where is the Commitment to Kids in Mississippi?It is time out for bait-and-switch tactics at the Mississippi state Capitol when it comes to our children. A vote for tax cuts of any kind is one against public education and children in this cash-strapped state and Mississippi’s legislators know it. Don’t be fooled: The intentions of Mississippi’s political leadership are clear. They do [...]
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Protect Education in Arkansas, Residents Tell Lawmakers  Arkansas residents took time on Tuesday to engage in direct democracy with state leaders on a topic that is universally seen as a pillar to community strength – quality education for kids of all ages and backgrounds. Their overall message was straightforward to the elected officials who write legislation: Support public schools, help kids [...]
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College Students Need Loan Protection, Obama ProclaimsATLANTA (AP) — Issuing a clarion call to Americans saddled by student debt, President Barack Obama urged student borrowers Tuesday to stand up for their rights, and announced a medley of modest steps to bring some order to a notoriously chaotic system. Obama unveiled his “student aid bill of rights” before a gymnasium packed with [...]
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Student Loan Collection Agencies Broke Rules, U.S. Says  If you’ve ever screened your calls to avoid a collector inquiring about your student loan, you’re not alone. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) estimates that more than 7 million Americans are in default on their student loans.  Late last month, the federal government gave the boot to a few rule-breaking collections agencies. The [...]
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