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Putting Band-Aids on student debt problems

Education | Student debt freeze helped some, but cancellation isn’t a long-term solution
by Esther Eaton
Posted 1/13/21, 03:28 pm

Olivia Cooper graduated from Union University in Tennessee in May 2020 with a biology degree and about $45,000 in student debt. As the first in her family to attend college, Cooper didn’t know about cost-saving options like starting at a community college. By graduation, her loans had already accrued about $3,000 in interest. “I don’t know that I had a great concept of money or felt like I had other options,” Cooper said. “I felt kind of stuck.”

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Biden’s education department might support school choice

Education | Charter school and voucher advocates face a hopeful but uncertain future
by Esther Eaton
Posted 1/13/21, 02:06 pm

In a reversal of the Trump administration’s education policies, President-elect Joe Biden has promised student debt forgiveness, tuition cuts, and changes to Title IX regulations about sexual assault reports and investigations on college campuses.

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Education flip-flops in 2020

Education | The pandemic disrupted classes and school district plans around the country this year
by The Editors
Posted 12/31/20, 04:05 pm

COVID-19 upended education this year, forcing a mass experiment in crisis homeschooling and online school. Protests this summer also reached campus, driving not just public statements but changes in grading, admissions, and school safety. And while student debt cancellation and Betsy DeVos’s replacement as secretary of education may dominate next year’s education headlines, this year’s financial crisis for colleges will also have far-reaching consequences. Here are 2020’s top education stories.

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