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Watchdog looking at student loan practices

Do companies that service student loans make more money when they provide less service? The federal government's consumer watchdog wants to see what changes can be made to help the 40 million people with...

Technology helps those who threaten schools

Threats against schools don't just come written on bathroom walls these days. Spread using smartphone apps, social media and Internet phone services, anonymous reports of bombs or other threats of violence are forcing school...

Exposing racism at campus fraternities

Their reputations sullied by race-tainted incidents, many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities. Despite some swift and tough actions by schools — and in some cases, public humiliation — episodes such as the...

More rabid rhetoric about Homeland Security mess

House Republican leaders on Sunday demanded that Democrats begin negotiations on funding for the Homeland Security Department and President Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration. Democrats showed no indication they were willing to talk,...

Legislative lobbying on No Child Left Behind law

Outnumbered by Republicans, Democratic lawmakers are jockeying to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law. With votes anticipated in the House and Senate, House...

Segregation returning to American schools

Segregation is making a comeback in U.S. schools. Progress toward integrated classrooms has largely been rolled back since the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision 60 years ago, according...

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...

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...

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...

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...