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"Future of American Politics" Event on C-SPAN

February 29, 2008

The first panel spoke on the changing political culture in the United States and how it will affect the next social contract. Panelists focused on the growing demand for post-partisanship, teamwork, and tolerance among younger voters. The second panel discussed political institutions and elections, including the past political era, which began in 1978, and the possible shape of the new political era that panelists believe is beginning. The third panel discussed possible policies in the next political era?


Stephen Burd of New America Foundation's Higher Ed Watch.Org Blog Receives National Education Reporting Award for Investigating

February 27, 2008

Higher Ed Watch.Org's staff writer and a lead investigator on the 2007 student loan scandals, Stephen Burd, is the winner of a 2007 National Award for Education Reporting, the Education Writers Association announced on Monday.

Michael Dannenberg in Minneapolis Star Tribune | 'Students Pinched by Credit Markets'

February 21, 2008

Students Pinched by Credit Markets (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

..."There is zero danger that federal Stafford loans will not be available in the foreseeable future. Zero danger," said Michael Dannenberg, director of education policy at the New America Foundation in Washington.

Michael Dannenberg in Cox News | 'House Democrats to Vote on Cutting Student Loans'

February 14, 2008

House Democrats to Vote on Cutting Student Loans (Cox News Service)

...Michael Dannenberg, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, said the federal government has wasted "billions of dollars" each year on excess lender subsidies. "Financial aid should be helping students, not banks," he said.

Stephen Burd in Pittsburg Post-Gazette | 'Market Doubts Hit Private Student Loans'

February 12, 2008
Market Doubts Hit Private Student Loans (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

...Sallie Mae and others are experiencing a growing default rate. The sub-prime mortgage crunch has spilled over into the student loan area, too, with investors less willing to buy loans of different kinds, said Stephen Burd, senior research fellow at New America Foundation, a nonprofit think tank.

"It's just a question of securitization right now," Mr. Burd said. ...

Analysis of Bush’s Education Budget Request

February 7, 2008

President George W. Bush submitted his eighth and final budget request to the Congress on Monday. Under the proposal, fiscal year 2009 discretionary spending—spending subject to annual appropriations—would be at the same level as in the prior year for domestic programs and agencies not involved in homeland security efforts. The budget request for the Department of Education fits this general theme. Fiscal year 2009 discretionary spending at the Department of Education would total $59.2 billion, the same level of funding provided in 2008.


Unanswered Questions on Bush's Higher Education Budget

February 5, 2008

Hold on to your seats. Yesterday was Budget Day in the nation's capital (oh-boy!), and Higher Ed Watch has some friendly questions for the Bush administration about its Fiscal Year 2009 spending plans:

10 Questions on the Bush Education Budget Request

February 4, 2008


1) The administration proposes increasing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title I grants to school districts by 2.9 percent, essentially an increase matching inflation. It also proposes redirecting a greater proportion of Title I funds to high schools. Does this mean that school districts will have to cut Title I funding for K-8 schools, since districts will effectively receive the same level of funding as in the previous year? How will this affect the student achievement in grades 3 through 8?

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