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Jan 19, 2017
Education Department Drops Fight Over School Money
A controversial idea falls by the wayside, for now, involving how schools can use federal money for low-income students.

Jan 18, 2017
School Vouchers, Oligarchy And Grizzlies: Highlights From The DeVos Hearing
Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department got a grilling on a range of issues, from private school vouchers and charter school oversight to guns in schools. How did she fare?

Jan 18, 2017
Report Finds More People Over 60 Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that a growing number of older Americans have taken on student loan debt. For those who can't pay, Social Security benefits are being garnished.

Jan 17, 2017
At DeVos' Senate Hearing, Questions Of Choice, Charters, 'Other Options'
President-elect Trump's pick for education secretary faced tough questions during her Senate confirmation hearing. She maintained her strong support for school choice and free-market solutions.

Jan 17, 2017
Betsy DeVos Appears Before Senate Education Committee In Confirmation Hearing
President-elect Trump's pick to lead the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, appeared before the Senate's education committee Tuesday for her confirmation hearing. She is expected to be asked tough questions about her past support for private school vouchers and for limiting charter school oversight.

Jan 17, 2017
More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the number of people 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade. Most loans were taken out on behalf of a child or grandchild.

Jan 17, 2017
Sen. Maggie Hassan: I Will Listen Carefully To What DeVos Has To Say
Senate confirmation hearings begin on Tuesday for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who has serious concerns about DeVos.

Jan 17, 2017
5 Things To Look For In Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing
Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary faces tough questions as her Senate confirmation hearings start.

Jan 16, 2017
Scholar Initiative Supports College-Bound Former Prisoners
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Danny Murillo and Steven Czifra, former Pelican Bay prisoners who started the Underground Scholars Initiative, a program to help counsel former prisoners going to college.

Jan 16, 2017
A Former Education Secretary's Advice For Betsy DeVos
Margaret Spellings was secretary of education under George W. Bush. She says Donald Trump's ambivalence about the federal role in education raises interesting questions.


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Your source to discuss and learn about education in Georgia and the nation and share opinions and news with Maureen Downey.
Jan 19, 2017
Should students take time out of class to watch Trump inauguration Friday?
The online debate around whether schools should show students the inauguration of Donald Trump surprises me. Where the national event is applicable to the class or…

Jan 19, 2017
Mentors in APS and Fulton help kids in social, emotional learning
Denise Blake is the Atlanta executive director of WINGS for kids, an afterschool program focused on social and emotional learning. A key component of the program…

Jan 18, 2017
Under Betsy DeVos, expect more choice, less accountability in federal education policies
Public schools will be under siege or under water if Betsy DeVos takes the helm of the U.S. Department of Education. Her answers at her confirmation…

Jan 17, 2017
I know teachers are seeing red. Any wearing red today to protest Betsy DeVos?
Any Georgia teachers wearing red today? There is a national call for public school teachers to wear red today to protest the nomination of Michigan billionaire and choice…

Jan 16, 2017
DeKalb school chief advises governor: We’re talking about choice when we should be discussing change
In this essay, DeKalb Superintendent Steve Green offers Gov. Nathan Deal suggestions on creating an effective school reform plan. By Steve Green Gov. Nathan Deal has told…

Jan 14, 2017
Georgia Tech draws record applicants, 31,400. Today, it admits first round in early action
Georgia Tech released its early action decisions today, admitting 28 percent of its 15,715 applicants. The 4,380 admitted students boasted an average ACT score of 33 and SAT…

Jan 13, 2017
Her father desegregated America’s public schools. Now, she champions charter schools.
Cheryl Brown Henderson, whose father Oliver Brown was the leading plaintiff in Brown v. Board of Education, writes today about the value of charter schools and how…

Jan 13, 2017
If your high school senior is finishing up UGA application, watch this. Deadline is Sunday.
If your kids are applying regular decision to the University of Georgia and finishing up application essays, have them look at this interview with admissions officer…


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