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David Petraeus Being Paid $200,000 To Work Three Hours a Week at CUNY

David Petraeus Being Paid $200,000 To Work Three Hours a Week at CUNY
Ex-CIA head honcho and publicly shamed adulterer, David Patraeus has reportedly been offered somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000 to teach a course at The City University of New York. Seems like a lot, especially considering that the typical salary for a CUNY professor with a full course load is less than $30,000 per year.
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Higher (Priced) Learning: Student Loan Rates Doubled Today

Higher (Priced) Learning: Student Loan Rates Doubled Today
Interest rates on student loans doubled today — from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. The change impacts over 7 million students who are already struggling to repay loans as they begin their careers. It can add more than $20,000 over 10 years on federal Stafford loans.
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Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US

Poverty, Once Relegated to Cities, Now Plaguing Suburban US
In post-World War II America, the sprawling suburbs made possible by full employment, good wages, and an abundance of automobiles were a symbol of prosperity. Large supermarkets, shopping malls and public parks were a sign of American success that few foresaw fading. But now, as the economy struggles to return to pre-recession standards, the suburbs are becoming poorer.
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Apple a Day: Los Angeles Schools Order 31,000 iPads

Apple a Day: Los Angeles Schools Order 31,000 iPads
Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.
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Peter Svensson
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Fighting Economic Fatalists: A National Strategy For Better Jobs

Fighting Economic Fatalists: A National Strategy For Better Jobs
Economic isolationism and neo-Ludditism would reduce everyone’s living standards. Most importantly, there are many ways to create good jobs and reduce inequality. Other nations are doing it; the United States is not.
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Robert Reich
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NY High Schoolers Vote Gay Teens 'Cutest Couple' and They're Absolutely Adorable

NY High Schoolers Vote Gay Teens 'Cutest Couple' and They're Absolutely Adorable
According to Carmel High School Principal Kevin Carroll in New York, “Kids aren’t hiding anymore.” Referring to two male students Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor who, as a couple, were just voted "Cutest Couple" of their senior class.
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Spy Kids: Tracking Our Children at the Cost of Privacy

Spy Kids: Tracking Our Children at the Cost of Privacy
As Americans, we have a right to privacy without search or seizure . . . or do we? In recent months, school districts nationwide have loosened the restrictions on student privacy bolstered by a comprehensive student database built to chart the academic paths of public school students.
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ALEC Aims to Destroy Local School Boards, Turn Education Into a Corporate, For-Profit Wasteland

ALEC is spreading its pro-corporate, pro-privatization agenda into the education space with greater abandon than before. ALE
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NYC Closing Public Schools to Build High-Rises That Are Frequently Vacant Second Residences for the Wealthy

NYC Closing Public Schools to Build High-Rises That Are Frequently Vacant Second Residences for the Wealthy
New York City plans to knock down three public schools in order to build luxury high-rise apartments — many of which are second or third homes for wealthy non-residents — while relocating the students to other area schools. A more potent symbol of misplaced policy priorities in the city could hardly be found.
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House GOP Aims to Exacerbate Already Painful Austerity by Further Slashing Education, Interior, State Departments

House GOP Aims to Exacerbate Already Painful Austerity by Further Slashing Education, Interior, State Departments
Republicans controlling the House pressed ahead Tuesday with efforts to slash funding for the departments of Education, Interior and State that go deeper than those already implemented under a painful round of automatic austerity.
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