Blog Archives for January 2012

Negotiating with the Department of Education - Part I

January 27, 2012

The Department of Education is currently hosting negotiated rulemaking proceedings for higher education to implement President Obama’s student loan proposals introduced in October 2011 as well as to discuss issues and concerns about the accessibility of federal student aid and educational debt. The goal of these sessions is to create proposed regulations to govern student aid availability, repayment, forgiveness and relief.

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Part of a Movement: Today’s Civil Rights Battles

January 23, 2012

Each year we honor the work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a passionate man who brought thousands together in a movement to achieve equality.  Dr. King and the civil rights movement paved the way for other segmented groups to fight for equality and fairness in America.  The spark lit by Dr. King lasted for decades as the feminist, gay liberation, and Chicano movements gained momentum throughout the 60s and 70s.   The twenty years following this robust period of protests and picket lines yielded little organized action or movement.

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The Pursuit of Equality: a profile of Andrew Young

January 13, 2012

Today, denying someone the right to vote and racial segregation are viewed as social injustices. But, before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Acts Right of 1965 were passed, systematic disenfranchisement of African Americans was common practice. These landmark legislations, which improved the quality of life for African Americans by creating more job opportunities, limiting racial restrictions on public venues[i] and ensuring their right to vote, were ushered in by the Civil Rights Movement.

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A Legacy of Service

January 11, 2012

On Monday, January 16, America will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who once asked, “Life’s most persistent and urging question is this: what are you doing for others?” Each year, in honor of MLK Day, thousands of Americans commemorate his legacy by serving across the nation. This has been marked as the MLK Day of Service, an initiative to bring people together to provide solutions to life’s most pressing problems.

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Private Loan Borrowers Need Increased Protections

January 10, 2012

In last week's blog post we mentioned (not for the last time) how important it is to max out federal loans before taking out private loans. We also promised to follow up on the Department of Education's recent report, "The Expansion of Private Loans in Postsecondary Education," which shows students are, unfortunately, not taking our advice. Because the Student Loan Ranger never forgets (okay, sometimes we forget, but not this time), we're doing just that.

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