Kennedy Offers Amendment to Increase Fed. Loan Limits
Lawsuit Alleges Online University Bilked Billions from Ed Dept.
Two Companies Announce End to Controversial Loan Programs
Boston Launches Birth to Five Initiative
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced plans on Thursday for a 10 year program to expand and streamline early education services for Beantown’s youngest learners. The public-private partnership, "Thrive in Five", will align educators, health and human service providers, city departments and the private sector to connect families with local services and ensure that day-care providers offer high-quality pre-k programs. The City of Boston, The United Way, local hospitals and others have already committed $3.25 million for the program. Boston's schools have made significant progress under Menino's leadership, and working to extend those education improvements down into the early years is a logical next step.
Cuomo Targets Sallie Mae Again
Truth in Tuition Advances in Maryland
Pre-K Gets a Boost in Kansas
More kids in pre-k now means less crime in the future, say law enforecement officials, who went to the Kansas legislature Tuesday to support pre-k. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a strong pre-k supporter, highlighted the importance of early education programs in her January State of the State address. Sebelius' FY 2009 budget proposal includes a $30 million increase in funding for early education, most of which will go to block grants for at risk children, and a $1.2 million boost to the state’s pre-kindergarten program.
Spellings Takes the Heat for President Bush's Education Budget Request
Public Colleges and Universities Pinched by State Budget Shortfalls
Brown University Increases Financial Aid
Idaho Legislature Considering Pre-K
Idaho lawmakers will vote next week on two bills that could be the first steps to developing a state pre-k program. The legislation under consideration would fund a survey of existing pre-k programs in the state, allow local governments to levy funds for pre-k, and establish 10 state-funded pilot programs. This is a big step: Idaho is one of only 8 states that don't fund pre-k, and current Idaho law actually prohibits spending public school funds to serve children younger than 5. A recent survey by Boise State University shows that a majority of Idaho residents support state funding for pre-k while the Idaho legislature has repeatedly blocked attempts to make it happen..
Governors in TN, VA Defend Pre-K Programs
Tennessee governor Phil Bredsen (D) says it would be a "terrible, terrible mistake" if the state legislature rejects his plan for an additional $25 million in pre-k spending, which would move the state towards universally available pre-k for all four-year olds by 2011. Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey (R) says the program is too expensive in a year when the state faces a $182 million shortfall. Meanwhile, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D), who is dealing with a $1.8 million budget shortfall, is fighting to protect his $25 million plan to expand the state pre-k program to cover all four-year olds eligible for free and reduced school lunches. [slideshow]
Plan in Georgia to Extend Pre-K to 3 Year Olds
Debate is heating up in Georgia about a plan to extend the state’s universal pre-k program to include three-year-olds. Democratic lawmakers in the state house proposed using $25 million from the state lottery fund to create pre-kindergarten classes for 5,000 three-year-olds. More than 72,000 four-year-olds are enrolled in the state’s pre-k program, the nation's oldest universal pre-k program.
Pre-K Increases Economic Mobility
Career Education Corp. Settles With Pennsylvania A.G.
Private Giving to Colleges Up in 2007
Stanford, Wash U to Increase Financial Aid
Widening Education Gap Hinders Economic Mobility
Michigan Non-Profit Lender Pulling Out of Private-Loan Market
Lawsuit takes aim at study-abroad "home – fees"
More Students Pass AP Exams, but Achievement Gaps are Widening
House Approves Bill to Reauthorize Higher Education Act
[slideshow]In an overwhelming 354 to 58 vote, the House approved legislation on Thursday that would reauthorize the Higher Education Act for the next five years. The College Opportunity and Affordability Act (H.R. 4137) would impose new restrictions on the relationships between student loan providers and colleges, increase transparency in the private student loan market, simplify the process of applying for financial aid, keep textbook costs down, increase aid for veterans and military families, and tackle rising tuition costs. The legislation would also significantly weaken a provision in the law that protects students from unscrupulous for-profit trade schools.