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A Survey Of Families: Grappling With College Costs

Renee Montagne interviews Sarah Ducich, senior vice president for public policy at Sallie Mae. The big student lender just issued a major report on how families are paying for college these days and among the findings, it shows that students are taking on more of the burden of paying for college compared to before.
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Families Make Big Changes To Pay For College

More students are reconsidering their decisions to attend costly out-of-state schools or choosing to enroll in more affordable community colleges, a new study shows. Even as they foot most of the bill and are co-signing loans, some parents are still paying off their own student loans.
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McDonnell Keeps Focus On Education Despite 'No Child' Waiver

Virginia's governor is urging the state's educators to continue to strive for higher student achievement, even though the federal government has granted the state a waiver to No Child Left Behind mandates. 

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N.J. Mom Puts Kids To Bed With Math

The U.S. ranks 25th out of 34 countries when it comes to kids' math proficiency. One New Jersey parent wants to change that by overhauling the culture of math. An astrophysics graduate and mother of three kids, she started a ritual when each child was 2 years old: a little bedtime mathematical problem-solving that soon became a beloved routine. Parent friends began to bug her to send them kid-friendly math problems, too. Now Bedtime Math is gaining fans among children and math-shy parents around the country.
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Senate Panel Gives For-Profit Colleges An 'F'

Renee Montagne talks with Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa about what can be done to regulate for-profit colleges' alleged abusive recruitment policies and high dropout rates. Harkin heads the committee that conducted a two-year investigation into the colleges — and issued a scathing report Monday.

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