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Even Kanye West Thinks Textbooks Are Too Expensive

February 18, 2016

Kanye West, in the midst of a wide-ranging Twitter rant about his new album, The Life of Pablo, being $53 million in debt and his preferred music streaming service, on Wednesday issued a call to lower the cost of textbooks. West tweeted an anecdote about a friend who, making $370 a day, has to work two days in order to afford a single textbook for her son. "Education puts Americans into debt before they even get a chance to get started," West tweeted. "We have to lower the price of textbooks … I’d rather teachers got paid more and books cost less." West capped the anecdote with the hashtag #2020, presumably a reference to his previously stated intent to run for president in four years.

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Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STROMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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