Feds probing 55 colleges over sexual assaults

Feds probing 55 colleges over sexual assaults

Some of the 55 colleges and universities facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations say they’re cooperating with the U.S. Education Department, though few are offering details about what information the agency is seeking. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is one of only a handful of schools named by federal […]

Obama scolds colleges for ‘turning blind eye’ to rape

Obama scolds colleges for ‘turning blind eye’ to rape

The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities — “No more turning a blind eye” — as it released guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims. A White House task force on sexual assault recommends in a report to be released Tuesday that schools identify trained, confidential victim’s advocates and conduct […]

High school graudation rate hits 80 percent

High school graudation rate hits 80 percent

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma. Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020. Their report, based on Education Department statistics from 2012, was being presented Monday at […]

Sorry for your loss. Now, pay off your student loan

Sorry for your loss. Now, pay off your student loan

Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. The Consumer Financial Protect Board says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them. The agency’s […]

Harsher punishments for blacks at public schools?

Harsher punishments for blacks at public schools?

Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm. The suspensions — and disparities — begin at […]