In Florida, resident students who are U.S. citizens but born to illegal immigrants are charged out-of-state rates to attend state colleges and universities. They have filed a class-action lawsuit, charging that the regulations violate their constitutional rights.
Hundreds of teachers were let go from DCPS this year, but the evaluation system was supposed to terminate ineffective teachers, and keep the good ones. But some teachers with high ratings are still finding themselves unemployed.
The Obama administration is revising some rules on federally guaranteed student loans. The administration says the changes will make it easier for graduates to repay them. It's making it easier for students to consolidate loans into a single payment and expanding a program that bases payments on a graduate's income. The new rules will affect 7 million of the 36 million student loan borrowers.
In 2001, Ruth Simmons left Smith College to take the helm at Brown University, becoming the first African-American president at an Ivy League school. She's guided Brown through financial challenges, devised a long-term Plan for Academic Enrichment and addressed multiple campus controversies.
Public and private institutions continue to charge more. Aid and tax breaks help temper the sticker shock. But with government spending being squeezed, that sort of assistance may be less generous in coming years.
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