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Will Biden cancel massive student loan debt? Suddenly, that's looking doubtful
Clayton Jarvis
Sat, May 22, 2021, 8:25 AM·4 min read
The forgiveness of a significant chunk of the nation’s student loan debt has seemingly been just around the corner since Joe Biden’s election victory in November.

Four months into his term, the pressure remains on Biden to follow through on a campaign promise to forgive $10,000 in federal student loans for every borrower.

Meanwhile, an answer to a bigger question could come as early as next week: whether the president has the power to wipe out five times as much student debt. That would give millions of Americans a much smaller overall debt load.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/biden-ca ... 00729.html
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Education Department erasing debt of students defrauded at for-profit college
Source: The Hill


BY JORDAN WILLIAMS - 06/16/21 09:15 AM EDT
The Department of Education is erasing the debts of students who were defrauded at a for-profit college.

The agency said in a statement that it had approved $500 million in loan cancellation for 18,000 borrowers who were defrauded by ITT Technical Institute.

ITT is accused of misleading students on their likely employment prospects after graduation and the ability to transfer their credits to other schools.

The school, between 2005 and 2016, made “repeated and significant misrepresentations” to students about how much they could expect to earn and the jobs they could get after graduating, the agency said.
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There is NOTHING wrong with a conservative perspective. I am sort of a conservative when it comes to merit and demanding high standards. :) I feel like our educational system is failing our kids.


The End of Merit

https://americanmind.org/salvo/the-end-of-merit/
Joel Kotkin
Millikan High School back in session in Long Beach
Our schools, even without CRT, are failing to prepare students for a skills-based job market.

The near hysteria, though justifiable, among conservatives concerning the imposition of racialist Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools fails to address how this theology both reflects and contributes to the “systemic” decline of education itself.

Over time, our educational deficit with other countries, notably China, particularly in the acquisition of practical skills in mathematics, engineering medical technology, and management, has grown, threatening our economic and political pre-eminence. Our competitors, whatever their shortcomings, are focused on economic competition and technological supremacy. In math, the OECD’s 2018 Program for International Student Assessment found the United States was outperformed by 36 countries, not only by China, but also Russia, Italy, France, Finland, Poland, and Canada.

Critical Race Theory and its growing chorus of implementers—from the highest reaches of academia down to the grade school level—have little use for such practical skills acquisition and brook little dissent from teachers and researchers who raise objections to the new curriculum of racial grievance. Woke educators, like San Francisco’s School board member Alison Collins, claim that “merit, meritocracy and especially meritocracy based on standardized testing” are essentially “racist systems.” Some among the new racial cadres even denounce habits such as punctuality, rationality, and hard work as reflective of “racism” and “white privilege”.

In a world where brainpower pushes the economy, the denigration of habits of mind can only further weaken our economic future and undermine republican institutions. Even though the vast majority of corporate executives perceive a growing skills gap, they have failed to stop educators from abandoning skills in favor of ever greater emphasis on ephemera of race and gender.
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The Biden administration extends the student loan payment pause.
The Education Department said that this would be the “final extension” of the pause, which was instituted in March 2020 at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/06/us/p ... 175be38b67
By Erica L. Green

Aug. 6, 2021, 4:29 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The Education Department announced Friday that it would continue a moratorium on federal student loan payments through Jan. 31, 2022, extending emergency relief for millions of borrowers that had been set to expire next month.
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Leaked documents show Baltimore high schoolers perform math, reading at grade school level
https://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-b ... tary-level
by CHRIS PAPST | WBFF StaffWednesday, June 2nd 2021

Baltimore (WBFF) - An alarming discovery out of Baltimore City Schools. Project Baltimore has obtained student assessment data that North Avenue does not release publicly. That data shows some students who could soon graduate, are performing at an elementary school level, academically.

Project Baltimore, over the years, has heard from many parents who say their children are being pushed through Baltimore City Schools without getting the education they need. Julie Gaskins told us back in 2018 that her seventh grader was doing math and reading at a second-grade level.
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Biden To Automatically Cancel $5.8 Billion In Student Loans For Over 300,000 Borrowers
Source: Forbes

Aug 19, 2021,11:26am EDT
The Biden administration announced on Thursday that it will be automatically wiping out the federal student loan debt for 323,000 borrowers.

The administration will be cancelling borrowers’ federal student loan debt through the Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) discharge program. The TPD Discharge program allows student loan borrowers who are unable to maintain substantial, gainful employment due to a physical or psychological medical impairment to get their federal student loans cancelled. However, to get student loans forgiven under the program, disabled student loan borrowers must submit a formal application, which can be challenging for those facing serious health issues.

Advocates have long argued that the Department of Education has the ability and the authority to automatically grant TPD Discharges to disabled student loan borrowers who are receiving disability benefits through Social Security (provided that they have a disability review period of at least five to seven years). The Social Security Administration had previously identified hundreds of thousands of disabled student loan borrowers who would qualify for TPD discharges, and the agency has shared that information with the Department of Education, but the Department had not acted.

On Thursday, that finally changed, and the Department of Education will move forward in automatically discharging approximately $5.8 billion in federal student loans for disabled borrowers identified by the Social Security Administration as eligible. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona characterized the action as "in alignment with our strategies from day one to put our borrowers at the center of the conversation... Today's action removes a major barrier that prevented far too many borrowers with disabilities from receiving the total and permanent disability discharges they are entitled to under the law,” he said.
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weatheriscool wrote: Thu Aug 12, 2021 1:30 am Leaked documents show Baltimore high schoolers perform math, reading at grade school level
https://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-b ... tary-level
by CHRIS PAPST | WBFF StaffWednesday, June 2nd 2021

Baltimore (WBFF) - An alarming discovery out of Baltimore City Schools. Project Baltimore has obtained student assessment data that North Avenue does not release publicly. That data shows some students who could soon graduate, are performing at an elementary school level, academically.

Project Baltimore, over the years, has heard from many parents who say their children are being pushed through Baltimore City Schools without getting the education they need. Julie Gaskins told us back in 2018 that her seventh grader was doing math and reading at a second-grade level.
Coming out of the Louisiana public school system, I had to watch this happen in real time. The school system doesn't give a shit about actual education; only test scores. Some teachers outright admitted this.

Funnily enough, ever since we went over to an international baccalaureate program (literally the year I graduated), our average performance levels have increased. Not to a nationally passing level but I wouldn't expect that out of this place. Still, it's almost like if you actually edjumacate people properly, they become edjumacated. Big shocker.
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The Fight Over Mask Mandates in Schools Turns Violent
by Ivana Saric
August 23, 2021

https://www.axios.com/mask-school-manda ... 57c3d.html

Introduction:
(Axios) As children head back to the classroom, a "vocal minority" in the U.S. have resorted to violence or disruptive measures to protest against mask mandates in schools.

Driving the news: While the majority of Americans support the mandates, per a recent Axios/Ipsos poll, back-to-school confrontations across the U.S. have gotten so hot that teachers and other officials have been punched, hit and screamed at.

What's happening:

In Texas, Tom Leonard, the superintendent of Eanes Independent School District, wrote in a note to parents and staff last week that the return to school has been marked by "a few sad moments."
  • One parent in the Austin-area district allegedly assaulted a teacher by ripping off her face mask, while others yelled at another teacher, claiming they couldn't understand what she was saying due to the face covering.
caltrek's comment: I guess conservatives are fighting the local public school boards on the grounds that that said governing bodies are trying to deprive their students' rights to die or become seriously ill from Covid19. Or perhaps they are just trying to strengthen the argument for vouchers so that they can withdraw their kids from the public school system and send them to private schools, where their kids can enjoy the right to die or become seriously ill from Covid19 or some later virus. Life for just us, freedumb for all, and the pursuit of happiness for those with a good bottle of booze or access to opioids.
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