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What Obama’s ‘No Child’ Waivers Say About The State Of The Union

Note: This post was written by StateImpact Indiana reporter Kyle Stokes. When President Obama announced a plan in September to allow states to apply for waivers from key requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, he took a shot at Congress. “I’ve urged Congress for a while now — let’s get a bipartisan effort, […]

“Student Warning! Do Your Homework Early” – Wikipedia To Go Dark Tomorrow

Its the sixth-most visited Web site in the world. But tomorrow, Wikipedia will globally black out the English version of its site. And the co-founder of the free, online encyclopedia, Jimmy Wales, is looking out for procrastinating students. On Twitter, Wales said, “Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday.” Wikipedia is protesting proposed federal anti-piracy bills […]

Congressional Debt Deal or Not, Education Cuts Are Likely

Our friends at StateImpact Indiana have taken a look at the educational consequences if the Congressional Supercommittee fails to strike a deal by Nov. 23. The headline? Low-income Title I schools could lose $1.1 billion. Other automatic cuts would include financial aid and career and technical education for adults. If a debt deal is struck, […]

Florida College Student Facing Deportation Released

College student Shamir Ali has been released from a Florida detention center after being told he would be deported to Bangladesh. The decision comes after Nestor Yglesias, spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami told StateImpact Florida Ali was a “fugitive alien” because he ignored a previous deportation order. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials […]

Biden Tells Pasco Stories to Sell Jobs Plan

Pitching the effects on Pasco County elementary students, Vice President Joe Biden made a case for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill Tuesday. Biden pulled plenty of local anecdotes for his stop at Oakstead Elementary School in Land O’ Lakes: The $54 million shortfall the district faced this year; the 513 jobs cut; the eight Oakstead […]

Groups Running Up No Child Left Behind Lobbying Tab

Education groups have spent $47 million lobbying the federal government through the first half of 2011, according to Center for Responsive Politics research, as Congress and the federal education department try to decide how to deal with the long-overdue reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. The group reports that $3 million more was spent on […]

Debt Deal Would Preserve Pell Grants

The pending federal debt deal would protect a college grant program for low-income students, according to an email from the National College Access Network. The future of of the federal Pell Grant program has been in doubt as Congress and President Barack Obama negotiated a deal on raising the debt limit. Last week Republicans criticized […]

Grant Program Critical to Florida Students, Colleges Target of Debt Debate

A $17 billion increase to a college aid program for low-income students is one reason U.S. House Republicans are balking at plan to raise the federal debt limit, according to The Hill newspaper. Republicans are asking House GOP leadership why they are growing the Pell Grant program in a bill designed to cut the federal […]

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