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After Co-Signer Dies, Many Private Student Loan Borrowers Forced to Immediately Pay Balance

After Co-Signer Dies, Many Private Student Loan Borrowers Forced to Immediately Pay Balance
Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them. The agency's ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, said complaints related to this issue are growing more common because the practice is catching so many consumers by surprise.
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Kimberly Hefling
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Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools

 Boardroom vs Classroom: Chicago's Charter Schools Failing to Outperform Public Schools
After Chicago closed 50 public schools in 2013, partly in order to make room for the growing number of privately owned schools (currently numbering 130), the residents were told that charter schools provided a better education for their children. However, a new study suggests that that's not true, not at all.
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The Battle Against Koch-Funded, Anti-Teacher Policies in KS

The Battle Against Koch-Funded, Anti-Teacher Policies in KS
In spite of growing opposition to the unpopular and extreme policies being passed by the state’s conservative legislature, Kansans most generally stay at home and keep their opinions to themselves.
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Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades
Speaking at the American Association of Community Colleges convention, Vice President Joe Biden announced a national program that would allow participants in apprenticeship programs to receive academic credit for their experience.
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NYC Parents vs. Wall Street-Backed Charter Schools

NYC Parents vs. Wall Street-Backed Charter Schools
Parents and public school advocates staged a dramatic protest outside the New York City Department of Education on Tuesday against a bid, backed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and financed by Wall Street lobbyists, to evict special needs students in order to make room for charter school expansion.
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Teachers Mad at 22% Cut to Education Funding, Op-Ed Mad at Teachers Rallying on a School Day

Teachers Mad at 22% Cut to Education Funding, Op-Ed Mad at Teachers Rallying on a School Day
Since the economic downturn in 2008, education funding has dropped in Oklahoma more than in any other state. When teachers held a rally last week at the state capitol, the tea party conservatives got upset — not at the estimated 22 percent cut in education funds, but at the "self-righteousness" of holding the rally on a school day.
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Wendy Davis Opponent Getting Education Policy From a White Supremacist?

Wendy Davis Opponent Getting Education Policy From a White Supremacist?
After unsuccessfully mansplaining equal pay for three weeks, Greg Abbott, the Republican frontrunner for Texas governor, finally changed the subject by citing the work of conservative libertarian scholar Charles Murray, a "white nationalist" who opposes universal pre-K. "Oops" doesn't quite cut it, but this is more than a simple gaffe. Using Murray's research could lead Republicans toward education policies that rely more upon eugenics than on equality.
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CT Gov Malloy's Plan to Privatize Public Education Charges Forward Today

CT Gov Malloy's Plan to Privatize Public Education Charges Forward Today
At today's State Board of Education meeting, Governor Dannel "Dan" Malloy's appointees will vote to re-commit Connecticut to the Common Core and then vote to divert scarce public funds to new charter schools in Connecticut. Four new charter school applications are up for vote today, and some of them have some scary ties to the Malloy Administration.
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Four Arguments That Scream 'Save Public Education!'

Four Arguments That Scream 'Save Public Education!'
The education privatizers are trying to convince us that parental 'choice' will solve all the problems in our schools. But the choice they have in mind is to dismantle a once-proud system of education that was nurtured and funded by a society of Americans willing to work together.
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One Small School Resists 'Corporate War on Public Education'

One Small School Resists 'Corporate War on Public Education'
Ongoing student and faculty organizing sit-ins and protests against 'austerity' cuts and mass faculty firings receive outpouring of support.
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