Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Apple":

"… tion will prove beneficial for the country’s students, explained Michael Apple, who specializes in education policy at the University of Wisconsin. The s …"

"… er-based learning for public and private schools in nine states. In 2012, Apple also partnered with Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to …"

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

GI bill covered tuition for nearly a million post-9/11 veterans without tracking their progress

By Meg Wagner, Anthony Cave and Hannah Winston

News21 investigation finds that despite billions spent, no federal agency keeps track of veterans who use the GI Bill.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… e Post-9/11 GI Bill has paid for nearly 1 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to go to school at a cost of about $30 billion since 2009, but the fe …"

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit rakes in cash

By Michael Beckel

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Julian Robertson":

"… has the Robertson Foundation, which was established by hedge fund pioneer Julian Robertson, who personally donated $2.25 million to Restore Our Future, the main supe …"

New federal statistics reveal harsh discipline for minority students

By Susan Ferriss

New federal statistics reveal blacks, Latinos students face harsher punishments than whites

FACT CHECK: Santorum exaggerates U.S. dropout rate

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidate misquotes education study on 'Face the Nation'

Chicago: Charter schools collect almost $400,000 in discipline "fees"

By Susan Ferriss

Charter schools lauded by Mayor Emanuel face parent unrest for collecting $5 fines that have added up to almost $400,000 since 2009

Pentagon lacks funding to fix public schools on military bases

By Emma Schwartz

A senior Pentagon official says DOD is a billion short of what's needed to fix troubled public schools on military bases

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… of and given the best opportunities for education,” she said.  …"

"… or personnel and readiness, said in an interview with iWatch News that the Pentagon will be able to start renovating or replacing only about a dozen of the pu …"

"… 50 million that Congress appropriated this year for the upgrades. A recent Pentagon report, however, found that about 62 of the 160 civilian-run schools are i …"

"… reasons — send their children to one of 194 base schools operated by the Pentagon around the world, or 160 base schools in the U.S. operated by local school …"

Many public schools on military bases get poor or failing report card

By Emma Schwartz

Pentagon confirms nearly 40 percent of public schools on bases are in poor or failing condition

Poor schools didn’t have enough time to plan spending of $3 billion stimulus windfall

By Corbin Hiar

$3 billion stimulus windfall to poorly-performing schools didn’t allow enough planning time

Spotlight on Richard Cordray: CFPB nominee faces stiff opposition in Senate

By Shirley Gao

White House nominee for top CFPB job has history of fighting for consumers

The military children left behind: Decrepit schools, broken promises

By Kristen Lombardi

While parents sacrifice, children endure deterioration and disrepair

Lombardi Named Nieman Fellow

Center Staff Writer Kristen Lombardi has been named a 2011 Neiman fellow. She is one of 24 journalists from the U.S. and abroad who will tak

Back to school for the billionaires

By Rita Beamish

Business titans find reforming schools much harder than just writing checks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pittsburgh":

"… is delving deeply into the topic, devoting $290 million to experiments in Pittsburgh, Memphis, Hillsborough County, Fla., and Los Angeles charter schools, and …"

Grading the billionaires on education reform

Billionaires deliver B-minus to C-minus grades on education reform

Teachers' union spends big bucks to defeat Buck

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A reader in Denver alerted us to an ad that went up yesterday in Colorado by the NEA Advocacy Fund, blasting Republican Senate candidate Ken

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bennet":

"… 30-second ad claims that Buck, who is challenging freshman Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, wants to cut $1.1 billion from education, reduce the number of teachers, …"

For-profit schools with Web, health care classes depend more on federal student aid

By Julie Vorman

For-profit schools that specialize in health care, offer web-based classes, and/or are owned by a publicly-traded company depend most heavil

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… a publicly-traded company depend most heavily on federal student aid, the Government Accountability Office says.In 2008, these schools collected more than 85 percent of their revenu …"

"… om federal student aid programs.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), various federal Offices of Inspector General (OIG), and other gover …"

Student loan scandal costs students

By The Center for Public Integrity

Schools steered students toward "preferred lenders," who charged students inflated rates and bribed schools

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… he country: Citbank, Sallie Mae, Nelnet, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and College Loan Corporation. Some of these companies, along wi …"

Industry donors

By Kevin Bogardus

Profiles of the top industry donors in 2003 and 2004

Starr Struck: Part one

By Florence George Graves

BOSTON, April 1, 1998 — The Kenneth Starr assailed by the Clinton administration as an agent of a vast right-wing conspiracy is the same Ken

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… of the government.” Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who cosponsored the reauthorization of the independent counsel law three times, says the measures inten …"

"… and without reporting what is going on, “that’s the shocker.”Dunham, author of Fighting for the First Amendment, says “historically, the stronger na …"

"… t clear to Starr’s office that Morrow was ready to go to the mat and had authorized him to appeal any decision to turn over editorial documents.The same d …"