WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) – Some students will have to start paying off their loans while they're in school under a last-minute debt ceiling deal to keep the country out of default and reduce deficits by at least $2.1 trillion over a decade.
As part of the savings to trim the deficits, Congress would scrap a special kind of federal loan for graduate students. So-called subsidized student loans don't charge students any interest on the principal of student loans until six months after students graduated.FULL STORY
Capitol Hill (CNN) - The candidates are talking economy, security, health care and the deficit. But we aren't hearing much about the other topic Americans say they care about the most: education.
Take a CNN/Opinion Research poll from January as proof. When asked if different issues were important for Congress and the president to tackle, more people said education was "extremely" or "very important" (83 percent) than terrorism (80 percent). And education received about the same response as health care and the budget deficit.
So where are we with education policy?
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to call on Congress to reform "No Child Left Behind" – the controversial educational policy implemented by President George W. Bush in 2002.
“We need to promote reform that gets results while encouraging communities to figure out what’s best for their kids. That why it’s so important that Congress replace No Child Left Behind this year – so schools have that flexibility. Reform just can’t wait,” Obama said while touting his own administration’s educational policy, "Race to the Top."
Washington (CNN) – The nation's education system is in crisis, and bipartisan support is essential for reform, a panel of leading experts said Wednesday. While disagreeing on key points, they said the time for action on education is now.
"A Pathway to Excellence: The Future of Education in America" was moderated by Jessica Yellin, CNN's national political correspondent.
Washington (CNN) - As he decides whether to enter the Republican presidential nomination battle, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels came to Washington on Wednesday touting his education reform and fiscal records but giving no further hints on which way he may be leaning.
During an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute, he talked about how the reforms just passed by the state legislature, including requiring annual evaluations of teachers and more charter schools in the state, will dramatically improve the education standards in the state.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced additional, private funding for cash-strapped community colleges in an effort to bridge the growing degree gap between the United States and other nations.
At the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges, Obama said the the United States' decade-long decline from first to ninth in the world in the percentage of young people holding college degrees "not only represents a huge waste of potential; in the global marketplace it represents a threat to our position as the world's leading economy."
(CNN) - California Republicans don't usually praise movies that come out of left-leaning Hollywood, but gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is adding her endorsement to a critically acclaimed new film with sharp political overtones.
In a one-minute radio ad released Tuesday, the former eBay executive touts the education documentary "Waiting for Superman."
"I'm Meg Whitman, and I don't normally recommend movies," Whitman says in the ad. "But every parent of a school-aged child in California should see 'Waiting for 'Superman.'"
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a new initiative led by the top executives of major U.S. corporations that seeks to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math.
The nonprofit initiative, called Change the Equation, involves 100 chief executive officers and has $5 million in funding for its first year of operation, according to information provided by the White House.
"These are actually the kinds of things that 10 years from now, 20 years from now, we're going to look back and say it really made a difference," Obama said.
The initiative was founded by former astronaut Sally Ride, former Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, and Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, according to the White House statement.
Washington (CNN) - Mayor Adrian Fenty swept into office in 2006 promising to fix the District of Columbia's struggling schools. Now, Fenty is in the fight of his career in part because of how he's tried to reform the district's schools.
Fenty is in a nail-biter of a race in Tuesday's primary, running neck-and-neck with challenger and City Council Chairman Vincent Gray.
"We've got an uphill battle because we made tough decisions," said Fenty while campaigning at a local street fair. "We'll continue to make those tough decisions because they're right for the people. But we're not naive. We know this has cost us a little political popularity that we came into the polls with."
While this is a local election - the Democratic mayoral primary - the race is being closely watched far beyond the District because the outcome could carry significant implications for the national debate over education reform.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver his second "back-to-school" message to the nation's students Tuesday, but this year, no one's complaining.
The speech - to be delivered at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - encourages students to make the most of their education opportunities.
"Nobody gets to write your destiny but you," Obama will say, according to a text of the speech released Monday night by the White House. "Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing - absolutely nothing - is beyond your reach. So long as you're willing to dream big. So long as you're willing to work hard. So long as you're willing to stay focused on your education."
Obama goes on to emphasize the importance of education in the text, saying it "never has been more important."