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For-profit colleges face ‘gainful employment’ rule

November 01, 2014 By: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Consumer Rights, Education

From PBS:

For-profit colleges that don’t produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

Schools with career-oriented programs that fail to comply with the new rule being announced Thursday by the Obama administration stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs.

To meet these “gainful employment” standards, a program will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.

The Education Department estimates that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students won’t pass. Ninety-nine percent of these programs are offered by for-profit schools, although affected career training programs can come from certificate programs elsewhere in higher education.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the department wants to make sure that programs that prey on students don’t continue abusive practices.

Fact Sheet on Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rules

Federal Register | 34 CFR Parts 600 and 668

Here’s Your Crisis: Student Loan Debt Isn’t A Myth [Infographic]

March 08, 2013 By: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Economic Terrorism, Education, Intersectionality, Poverty, Workers' Rights

From CampusProgress:

The student loan crisis is a myth.

So say Nicole Allan and Derek Thompson, who argue in this month’s issue of The Atlantic that the economic returns of college far outweigh the burden of student loan debt.

“Horror stories of students drowning in $100,000+ in debt might discourage young people from enrolling in college, but they are as rare as they are terrifying,” Allan and Thompson wrote in the article. “The economic value of college, meanwhile, is indisputable.”

Allan and Thompson looked for crisis in the wrong places. Six-figure calamities are indeed rare, but millions of Americans are caught between stubbornly weak labor markets and increasingly costly higher education.

Obama’s Victory: Today’s Front Pages from Across America (Photo Heavy) #TheObamaEra

November 07, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights

Obama Wins 2012 Presidential Election, Gives Transcendent, Soaring Victory Speech

November 07, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights


An excellent editorial from the NYT. Here’s an excerpt:

President Obama’s dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day. But it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stress job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction — and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage. It was a repudiation of Reagan-era bromides about tax-cutting and trickle-down economics, and of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation.

A solid majority of voters said President George W. Bush was to blame for the state of the economy rather than Mr. Obama. And voters showed more subtlety in their economic analysis than Mr. Romney probably expected. Those who thought the housing market and unemployment were the nation’s biggest problems said they voted for Mr. Obama. Those most concerned about taxes voted heavily for Mr. Romney.

Significantly, 60 percent of voters said taxes should be raised either on the rich or on everyone. Only 35 percent said they should not be raised at all; that group, naturally, went heavily for Mr. Romney. The polling made it clear that Americans were unhappy with the economic status quo, and substantial numbers of voters said the economy was getting worse. But Mr. Romney did not seem to persuade voters that the deficit was a crushing problem. Only 1 in 10 voters said the deficit was the most important issue facing the country.

Republicans had to be disappointed in the results of their unrelenting assault on Mr. Obama’s health care reform law. Only around a quarter of Americans said it should be repealed in its entirety.

People who were comfortable with the rightward slide of the Republican Party (as measured by their comfort with the Tea Party) voted heavily for Mr. Romney.

See also: Huge night for Democrats and liberals

Mittens Gives Gracious Concession Speech

November 07, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights

Mittens Having Tantrum, Refuses to Concede

November 07, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights

The math makes it impossible for him to win even with Ohio, but this petty little man refuses to concede.

VICTORY! 4 More Years!!!

November 06, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Consumer Rights, Eco-Justice, Economic Development, Education, Housing, Immigration, Intersectionality, LGBTQ, Science/Technology, Voting Rights, Workers' Rights

World Watches as America Votes, Watch 2012 Election Night Results Live on CMP

November 06, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Eco-Justice, Education, Housing, Immigration, Intersectionality, Poverty, Science/Technology, Voting Rights, Workers' Rights

This is it, folks. Election night in America is finally here. And the world is watching.

If you don’t have access to television or you’re held up somewhere this evening, you can watch the election results live tonight on CMP, either on your laptop or on your smartphone.

Adjusted to Eastern Time (ET), here are the latest scheduled closing times for the polls in each state. This is likely to be the earliest time that results will be reported, and a winner possibly projected, for each state.

I voted this morning here in NYS at 7:45AM EST without worry or running into any problems. Some were not so lucky — a Pennsylvania voting machine was taken out of service after it was discovered that it turned votes for President Obama into votes for Mittens. Fortunately, a vigilant voter caught it, reported it, and uploaded the video to YouTube.

In other voter suppression news, Judge Gregory Frost rejected the lawsuit brought yesterday afternoon challenging the untested experimental software on Ohio’s voting machines.

You can view ThinkProgress.org’s Election Day Live Blog for all the latest updates re: voter irregularities around the country.

Many voters turned out today at the polls, stood up for and defended democracy against widespread GOP voter suppression efforts. Our fight to defend democracy must and will continue long past Election Day is over. We must come together to defeat The New Jim Crow. We must come together to undo the damage to democracy caused by GOP voter suppression efforts and Citizens United.

There’s a lot of work to be done in the long road ahead of us. For now, it is abundantly clear that the electoral math continues to favor President Obama. And now we wait for the results. Be sure to check out ThinkProgress.org’s Election Night Live Blog.